By Ron Jackson
Ilunga Makubu was most impressive in scoring a fifth round knockout win over Eric Fields to retain his WBC silver cruiserweight belt at Emperors Palace near Kempton Park on Saturday night. After a slow start Makabu (86,50kg) picked up the pace through rounds two to four against the bigger and heavier Fields (89.00kg) as he jolted the American’s head back on occasions that left him bleeding from the nose. In round five Makabu continued to score with right and left combinations from his southpaw stance before landing a classic left hook to the jaw that sent Shields down flat on his back where he was counted out by referee Robin Dolpierre of France at 1 minute 59 seconds into the round. However, the referee erred by not sending Makabu to a neutral corner before picking up the count. Makabu from the Republic of the Congo but based in South Africa improved his record to 15-1, 14 KOs and Fields dropped to 22-2, 16 KOs. This was the main event put on by Golden Gloves Promotions in an entertaining night of boxing.