World Boxing Council (WBC) cruiserweight champion Grigory Drord (40-1, 28 KO) will defend his belt for the second time on April 8th in Moscow against Ilunga Makabu (19-1, 18 KO) of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Makabu, the mandatory challenger won the opportunity to fight the Russian after knocking out Thabiso Mchunu last May 16th in Durban, South Africa. It has been a long time coming for Makabu, who has been made to wait patiently.
The fight was scheduled for the last days of 2015 but Drozd suffered an injury, so the clash had to be put on ice for a while. Speaking of ice the Russians have promised the DRC pugilist known as “Junior” a cold reception when he arrives in Moscow. No doubt Makabu was already expecting that anyway.
Drozd won the title when he defeated Poland’s Krzysztof “Diablo” Wlodarczyk in September 2014. He defended his WBC belt for the first time in May 2015 knocking out Poland’s Lukasz Janik in nine rounds.