The stage is set in Ekaterinburg, Russia for a battle between two cruiserweight knockout specialists that definitely “live by the sword and die by the sword”, when Dmitry “The Russian Hammer” Kudryashov (23-2-0, 23KO) of Russia, and Ilunga “Junior” Makabu (24-2-0, 23KO) of the Congo face off Sunday.
Kudryashov has been on both ends of the knockout spectrum as none of his fights have made it to the final bell. All 23 of his wins have come before the final round, and he himself has been a victim of two knockout losses before making it out of the second round.
His most recent loss came in a brutal 2nd round knockout loss to Cuba’s Yunier Dorticos in the quarterfinals of the World Boxing Super Series in San Antonio, Texas in 2017. Since then Kudryashov has bounced back with back to back wins in Russia and is ready to make his way back to being a contender in the division.
Makabu is just short of the 100% knockout rate that his Russian opponent brings to the ring Sunday, stopping 23 of his 24 opponents within the scheduled rounds. Similar to Kudryashov, the Congolese slugger has taken both of his losses before reaching round 3. He is on a knockout tear himself recently, reeling off 5 wins in a row inside the distance since being knocked out by Tony Bellew in 2016.
The stakes are high as both men are fighting to make their way back into the hot Cruiserweight division. Combining for 46 knockouts in their 47 wins, Kudryashov vs Makabu falls into the category of don’t blink or you might miss it!