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Ilunga Junior Makabu vs Thabiso Mchunu Odds, Pick, and Prediction

Dylan Bowker

by Dylan Bowker in Boxing

Jan 26, 2022 · 3:05 PM PST

Ilunga Junior Makabu vs Thabiso Mchunu odds
IBF, IBO and WBO World Champion Wladimir Klitschko of Ukraine and Eddie Chambers from the USA fight during the heavy weight title fight at the Esprit Arena in Duesseldorf, western Germany, Saturday March 20, 2010. Around 50,000 spectators watched the championship fight at the soccer stadium in Duesseldorf. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
  • Ilunga Junior Makabu vs Thabiso Mchunu goes Saturday, January 29th at 8 PM EST
  • Makabu is almost a two to one favorite in this weekend’s title clash
  • Check out the Ilunga Junior Makabu vs Thabiso Mchunu odds, analysis, and predictions, below

Ilunga Junior Makabu vs Thabiso Mchunu transpires at Packard Music Hall in Warren, Ohio, and broadcasts on Fite TV. The former is certainly a solid favorite over the latter in the Caesars Sportsbook Makabu vs  Mchunu odds.

Let’s analyze the Ilunga Junior Makabu vs Thabiso Mchunu odds via Caesars Sportsbook as we provide our best bet for the bout.

Ilunga Junior Makabu vs Thabiso Mchunu Odds

Fighter Odds
Ilunga Junior Makabu -180
Thabiso Mchunu +155

Odds as of January 26th at Caesars Sportsbook

This contest is for the WBC cruiserweight world championship. Makabu and Mchunu occupy the roles of champion and challenger, respectively. Caesars Sportsbook Louisiana is launching on Friday, January 28th and is listing Makabu as the short favorite in the Makabu vs Mchunu boxing odds.

Ilunga Makabu’s Boxing Odds & Betting Outlook vs Mchunu

Makabu aims to notch the sophomore defense of his crown against a familiar fighter.

During their first clash in May 2015, Thabiso Mchunu largely lead the dance across the first six rounds. This before Ilunga Makabu weathered the storm and secured the eleventh round stoppage in their WBC title eliminator.

Curiously, Makabu could find himself next lined up opposite the biggest star in Boxing.

Canelo Alvarez was targeting a bid for cruiserweight gold against Makabu specifically. Alvarez is looking at that for 2022 and the champ needs to win big this Saturday to garner that massive box office matchup next.

Makabu vs Mchunu Recent Fights

Makabu
VS
Mchunu
Olanrewaju Durodola, win via TKO Fight 1 Evgeny Tishchenko, win via UD
Michal Cieslak, win via UD Fight 2 Denis Lebedev, win via UD
Aleksei Papin, win via MD Fight 3 Willbeforce Shihepo, win via RTD
Dmitry Kudryashov, win via TKO Fight 4 Thomas Oosthuizen, win via UD

The champion is riding a nine-fight win streak and Makabu looks to get that run into double-digit territory soon.

As he looks to go 2-0 over Thabiso Mchunu and reach his two-year anniversary as WBC champion come January 31st.

Thabiso Mchunu’s Boxing Odds & Betting Outlook vs Makabu

Mchunu has a title in his crosshairs and redemption on his mind as he rides a three-fight winning streak into this title bout.

The number four ranked contender at 200 pounds via The Ring looks to upgrade his WBC silver title. As Mchunu aspires for coveted promotional gold in the coming days.

This is a rare southpaw versus southpaw clash with the champion having a marginal edge in reach over the challenger.

Makabu has a stoppage rate that jumps off the page more than Mchunu’s (89 percent for Makabu versus 57 percent for Mchunu).

Also, I would say that the champion has a superior resume overall in terms of a regular rate of top-notch competition.

Makabu vs Mchunu Tale of the Tape

Makabu
VS
Mchunu
28-2 Record 23-5
25 Knockouts 13
6’0 Height 5’11
74″ Reach 72.5″
Southpaw Stance Southpaw

Ilunga Junior Makabu vs Thabiso Mchunu Pick & Prediction

This prizefight is slated to go for twelve rounds but I do not see this one encroaching to that final bell.

Seeking out a prop bet on this contest not going the distance would present strong value in my estimation.

Also, I would seek out a prop bet on Makabu winning via KO or TKO. I think that presents some good value for Ilunga Junior Makabu vs Thabiso Mchunu II.

Pick: Ilunga Junior Makabu (-180) at Caesars Sportsbook

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