World Boxing Council cruiserweight champion Grigory Drozd of Russia (40-1, 28KO), will make the second defence of his belt on April 8th in Moscow. His rival will be the mandatory challenger Ilunga Makabu (19-1, 18KO), who has won all of his fights after a sole hiccough on his pro debit in 2008. Makabu became the mandatory challenger after knocking out Thabiso Mchunu on May 16th in Durban.
This fight was scheduled last year, but Drozd suffered a knee injury injury during his training camp. Drozd conquered the WBC cruiserweight title when he defeated Poland’s Krzysztof Wlodarczyk, in September 2014. He made the first successful defence of his crown stopping Poland’s Lukasz Janik, in nine rounds.
Makabua, originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo, but now fighting out of South Africa, is next.