Tony Bellew Vs Ilunga Makabu – Preview and Prediction

After achieving everything domestically and on the European stage, Tony Bellew looks to finally win the elusive world title that evaded him at light heavyweight, despite two attempts.

A move up to cruiserweight in in 2014 and six fights later Bellew is presented with another opportunity at a world title shot as he faces Ilunga Makabu for the vacant WBC world cruiserweight belt.

After filming the new rocky film ‘Creed’ last year it is quite fitting that Bellew should attempt the feat at the home of his cherished Everton FC, Goodison Park. an opportunity to write his own rocky script.

However Ilunga Makabu is possibly the most dangerous cruiserweight out there for me, while he does have some flaws and can be outboxed to a certain point this man hits so hard it usually doesn’t matter.

Makabu’s southpaw stance can be tricky and his left hook will give you nightmares for days after it has put you to sleep.

However after saying all this, I still feel a seasoned guy like Bellew who can box and punch himself this remains a winnable fight for him but he really does have to box the perfect game plan in order to avoid Makabu’s dangerous armory.

Despite the home advantage and the Goodison Park vibe Tony Bellew is still a slight underdog in this fight with Bellew at around 5/4 and Makabu at around 4/6.

I would say that is correct and while I can see a Bellew win as a good possibility I do like Makabu in this fight, this is a guy I have followed for years and I believe has almost inhuman power. I believe unless Bellew can keep Makabu very honest with his jab and own power at range then Makabu will land eventually and I think he will stop Bellew at some point in this fight.

However I think the best bet here is to take the fight not to go the distance which is 4/5 at Paddy Power or you can take advantage of betfair’s offer of 6/1 for the fight not to go the distance which is available to new customers.


BETTING TIP: £25 on the fight not to go the distance 4/5 Paddy Power