WBC Cruiserweight champion Ilunga Makabu (29-2, 25 KOs) remained on course for a dream match up with Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez with a decision victory over Thabiso Mchunu (23-6, 13 KOs) on Saturday night at the W.D. Packard Music Hall in Warren, Ohio.
The decision was controversial in the eyes of some, this time in a more technical encounter, Makabu was adjudged to have done enough in the eyes of two of the three judges, winning by margins of 115-113, 116-112 whilst the other had it to Makabu by 115-113.
“Today I didn’t come for the knockout,” said Makabu. “I just came to show that I can box. I am going to box and knock Canelo out in my next fight, baby.”
WBA heavyweight champion Trevor Bryan (22-0, 15 KOs) won a twelve round split decision against Jonathan Guidry (17-1-2, 10 KOs) at the W.D. Packard Music Hall in Warren, Ohio.
Bryan exeterted pressure on Guidry from the start whilst the latter was more than happy to accommodate a toe to toe exchange. Bryan scored a knockdown in the closing seconds of the bout to win by scores of 118-109, 116-111 Bryan, 115-112 Guidry.
“Trevor Bryan is here to stay,” said Bryan. “I showed that tonight. I am only going to get better and keep improving my skills. I worked until the final bell. I am taking my talents overseas. I am going to make those fights against the top three, which is Tyson Fury, Anthony Joshua, and Oleksandr Usyk. I deserve those fights. This is a steppingstone for me. Shout out to Jonathan Guidry. He was a tough opponent.”
2016 Olympic gold medalist Robson Conceição (17-1, 8 KOs) put a digit in the loss column of Xavier Martinez (17-1, 11 KOs) winning a ten round decision at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Conceição outboxed Martinez throughout to win by scores of 99-91, 100-90, 98-92.