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Ilunga Makabu vs. Tony Bellew Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 5/29/16

Bellew vs. Makabu

Boxing: Sunday, May 29, 2016 (Goodison Park)

The Line: Makabu -165 / Bellew +145 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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Ilunga Makabu and Tony Bellew fight Sunday at Goodison Park for the WBC Cruiserweight title.

Ilunga Makabu enters this fight with a 19-1 record that includes 18 knockouts. Makabu has won 19 straight fights and is coming off a May win over Thabiso Mchunu. Makabu hasn’t lost since his pro debut and Dmytro Kucher is the only fighter to take him to a decision. Makabu is deadly with his offensive attack, as he has these flurries that are very tough to stop and does a good job of working the body. Makabu has won his last five fights by knockout. The one concern with Makabu is that he does allow himself to get hit a lot, but he’s also proven he’s pretty durable and has a decent chin despite being knocked out in his only professional loss. This will be Makabu’s first career fight in the United Kingdom.

Ilunga Makabu vs. Tony Bellew Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 5/29/16

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Tony Bellew enters this fight with a 26-2-1 record that includes 16 knockouts. Bellew has won his last six fights and is coming off a December win over Mateusz Masternak. Bellew has put together a nice winning streak since his loss to Adonis Stevenson and has won four of his last six bouts by knockout. Bellew is most known for his punching power and does a nice job of putting his punches together. The downside is that Bellew can often rely too much on his power and doesn’t spend enough time boxing. If Bellew comes in with a gameplan and doesn’t go for strictly haymakers, he’ll have a good chance to win the belt. Bellew has fought much of his career in Merseyside, his birthplace.

This should be a hell of a fight between two guys who have knockout power and overall above-average boxing skills. Makabu hasn’t lost a fight since 2008, but I’m calling the upset here. Bellew is confident, at home, has more experience and the more powerful offensive game that could end this fight with one or two good shots.

This is a true toss-up, so I’m going to take my chances by saying Bellew pulls it out in front of his home crowd.

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