Ilunga Makabu vs Badou Jack: Predictions & Analysis 2/26/2023

Ilunga Makabu vs Badou Jack: Predictions & Analysis 2/26/2023

February 24, 2023



Fight Preview


Before the Jake Paul vs. Tommy Fury main event on Saturday in Saudi Arabia, Ilunga Makabu will defend his WBC cruiserweight title against former two-division champion Badou Jack as the major undercard attraction. Jack, who wants to compete for a title in a third weight class, might struggle as Makubu attempts to prolong his tenure as champion.


The majority of the fighters competing in the cruiserweight division are either too little or too elderly to compete at light heavyweight. Both the former and the latter are demonstrated in this title fight.


For almost ten years, Makabu has been a mainstay in the cruiserweight division. It’s a good thing the southpaw power puncher has a solid chin and a great left hand because it takes him some time to get going. Despite his recent performance being below par compared to the caliber of his body of work, he hasn’t lost since a shocking setback to Tony Bellew in 2016.


Let’s check the latest picks, Boxing news, stats and Boxing expert picks for Makabu vs Jack. We’ve plenty of Boxing predictions for you to consider.


The Congolese banger averages 4.93 rounds per fight and has an 80.65% knockout percentage. Jack is a similar slow starter, so Makabu will have to hope that ring rust won’t be an issue as Jack has only competed four times in the past three years.


A few years ago, Jack had a reputation for being a brave warrior, but he has seen better days. His two brief reigns at super middleweight and light heavyweight seem to have happened a long time ago, and after a bloody fight with Adonis Stevenson in 2018, he hasn’t been the same. After dropping his next two battles, Jack drastically reduced the level of opposition he faced. He will attempt to win another world title on Sunday, for some reason.


Jack could have a shot to succeed if he can summon some power from his later years of his career. The Swedish fighter fights for an average of 6.3 rounds and has a 48.4% knockout rate. He has fought some elite competitors throughout the years and is quite difficult to stop. In the beginning, Jack “The Ripper” was never much of a puncher. He’s going to have to rely on his knowledge and abilities to win this one since he’s 39 and moving up in weight.


Ilunga Makabu vs Badou Jack Fight Information


  • Date: 02/26/2023
  • Time: 04:00 PM ET
  • Location: Diriyah Arena,Diriyah,Saudi Arabia.
  • How to Watch Makabu vs Jack: ESPN+
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Makabu vs Jack Betting Lines


Jack is +160 according to our Vegas Boxing Lines. This means that if you wager $100 you have the chance to win $160. On the other side, Makabu is –190 according to the Vegas Boxing Lines. This means that if you wager $100 you have the chance to win $52.63.

The implied probability for these two teams attached to the betting lines have Jack at a 38.46% chance of winning the game, meanwhile Makabu have 65.52% probability of finishing the game with the W.


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