By Ron Jackson
Ilunga Makabu, aims to become number one contender for the WBC cruiserweight belt when he defends his WBC silver belt against American Eric Fields at the Emperors Palace near Kempton Park on Saturday night. The winner of this bout could challenge WBC champion Krzysztof Wlodarczyk of Poland in a clash for the WBC belt and much is at stake for the South African based Makabu from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Makabu, 25, who is ranked at number four by the WBC, has an outstanding record of 14 wins and 1 loss with 13 wins coming inside the distance. All but two of his fights have been in South Africa with his only loss coming against Khayeni Hlungwane on his debut in June 2008. The well conditioned Makabu won the vacant World Boxing Federation cruiserweight belt in November 2011 when he stopped Pedro Otas in the eleventh round and has been most impressive in his last two fights in Monaco with wins over Tamas Lodi (tko 3) and Dmytro Kucher (pts 12) for the vacant WBC cruiserweight belt.
The 31-year-old Fields 22-1; 16 from Ardmore, Oklahoma who is ranked at number twenty six by the WBC made his pro debut in July 2006 and suffered his only loss in April 2008 against the highly rated Ola Afolabi for the vacant WBO NABO cruiserweight title.
In his only bout this year he won on a fifth round retirement against Alexis Meijas who suffered a badly cut left eye and was not able to continue. The judges for the fight are Lilian Olero (Kenya), Lateef Muiss (Nigeria), Sazi Xamlashe (South Africa) and the referee will be Robin Dolpierre of France.
In the main supporting bout Ryno Liebenberg (12-0, 8) of South Africa takes on the 32-year-old Gabriel Ramirez (13-4-1, 7) from Buenos Aires, Argentina in a clash for the vacant WBC International light heavyweight title.
In his most recent fight on June 15 this year Liebenberg, 29, won a foul-filled gruelling affair against Johnny Muller for the vacant IBO Inter-Continental light heavyweight title.
Ramirez who has been fighting as a pro for seven years has never fought beyond six rounds except for his fight against Mauricio Robert Caceda in November last year when he won the interim WBC Latino ,light heavyweight title on points over ten rounds.
Former IBO strawweight champion, 30 year-old Nkosinathi Joyi 23-2-1nc; 16 who lost to Hekkie Budler in June for the IBO strawweight belt moves up to light flyweight when he takes on Benezer Alolod 12-4-4; 2 from the Philippines for the WBC International title in a battle of southpaws.
The light punching Alolod, 22, won the vacant WBC title in September last year when he stopped Ryu Onigashima in five rounds and made a successful defence against Rey Loreto on a technical split seven round decision over Rey Loreto after an accidental clash of heads.
Tshepang Mohale 9-6; 8 defends his South African light heavyweight title against Johnny Muller 13-3-2; 10 in a return match over 12 rounds.
Mohale won the title in June 2011 when he stopped Muller in three rounds.
In the opening bout of the evening junior flyweights Meshack Mathebula and Thabang Ramgole meet over six rounds.