This will be a fun fight while it lasts but Makabu is the rightful favorite in this fight based off his excellent recent form. He’s beaten three good opponents in a row and now defends his WBC Cruiserweight world title for the first time. Durodola has put together a five fight winning streak but against lesser opposition and his most recent step up he was stopped in two rounds by Michal Cieslak who Makabu recently beat to win the world title.
Makabu is a massive puncher with underrated technical skills though of course hes by no means a master technician. Hes tough, has a good chin and has shown that his stamina holds up in big fights. While hes lost twice by knockout one was early in his career and the other was versus Tony Bellew after he sustained an injury in the first round.
Olanrewaju Durodola is also a big puncher and if he was in his prime this fight would be more competitive. He’s 40 now and I think his age has caused him to slow down which has led to his defence being even more shaky than usual.
I think Makabu will win by knockout in the first six rounds due to his good run of form and world class power. He’s the younger fighter who’s in his prime which should be enough to stop Durodola who may become a bit of a gatekeeper after this.