Other sport 31.7.2013 12:00 am

Makabu ready to brawl

HUNGRY. Illunga Makabu, above, will defend his WBC silver cruiserweight title against American Eric Fields at Emperors Palace next month. Picture: Gallo Images

HUNGRY. Illunga Makabu, above, will defend his WBC silver cruiserweight title against American Eric Fields at Emperors Palace next month. Picture: Gallo Images

When the August winds start blowing it’s not too long before the first of the Highveld thunderstorms make an appearance and a massive storm is rolling in when the “Triple Thunder” bill takes place at Emperors Palace.

Four title bouts have been arranged for the show at the end of next month with a national strap and three WBC championship belts up for grabs.

The headliner will see Illunga “Junior” Makabu, fresh off a victory in the principality of Monte Carlo, defend his WBC silver cruiserweight title when he meets challenger Eric Fields of the United States.

“I’m very happy to be fighting again,” Makabu, who claimed the vacant title when outpointing Dmytro Kucher last month, said at the announcement of the bill yesterday before promising to wow the crowds.

“I’ll be in the gym every day. I’m calling you to come and watch the fight and you will see a big, big knockout,” he added in his heavy French accent, a remnant of his Democratic Republic of Congo heritage.

In Fields he will face a fighter who has only lost once in a 22-fight career when stopped by world title contender Ola Afolabi back in 2008 with 15 of his 21 victories coming via the short route.

In a light-heavyweight clash, Ryno Liebenberg will be looking to add another title to his collection when he laces up to take on Argentina’s Gabriel Ramirez, who has a record of 13-4-1, for the WBC International silver title.

“It’s time to step up and that’s what this fight is about.

“I don’t know much about my opponent but I know that I’ll be ready to ‘rawl’ and that he will bring it,” Liebenberg, who has yet to taste defeat in 12 outings as a professional, said yesterday.

The final fight under the WBC banner will see Nkosinathi Joyi begina new chapter of his career when he jumps up two weight divisions to take on Benezer Alolod of the Phillipines for the International junior-flyweight title.

The former two time world champion in the minimumweight division is looking to get back to winning ways after losing out to Hekkie Budler in their epic encounter for the IBO belt which took place back in June.

“This is a new beginning and we are going to be taking this boy to greater heights,” Siphatho Handi, the man responsible for managing “Mabhere’s” career said of the new prospect that they face in this huge battle.

“We are going to grab this opportunity with both hands because we’ve always wanted to fight for a WBC belt.”

The battle between Johnny Muller and Tshepang Mohale, who has been re-instated as the champion having renewed his boxing licence, for the South African light-heavyweight title promises to be a knockout affair as “The Hurricane” looks to avenge the defeat he suffered when relinquishing the belt back in 2011.

 

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