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I'm just confident, not arrogant - Makabu

By Mogomotsi Selebi | Mar 09, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

ILUNGA Makabu has vehemently denied that he is arrogant.

ILUNGA Makabu has vehemently denied that he is arrogant.

The stylish fighter from the Democratic Republic of Congo who is trained by Nick Durandt was responding to criticism from a fan who failed to appreciate Makabu's style and swagger during his fight with Ben Moakamela on Sunday.

He was showboating and doing the Muhammad Ali shuffle. That is a clear sign of confidence.

For the record, Makabu, 21, whose physical build resembles that of "Marvelous" Marvin Hagler, stopped Moakamela without breaking a sweat in the second round at Nasrec Arena.

"I go into the ring with a two-pronged intention - to give South Africans something to cheer about and make a name for myself," he said yesterday.

His fight with Moakamela was scheduled for six rounds in the cruiserweight division.

Makabu demolished Zimbabwean Chamunorwa Gonorenda in two rounds two weeks ago and was still on cloud nine before taking on Moakamela.

His stoppage of the Zimbabwean was his fifth short-route victory in five wins, against one defeat.

Durandt described his charge as being "championship material".

"Ilunga went against his parents' advice by pursuing a career in boxing instead of focusing on his studies. Sooner, rather than later his sacrifices will bear fruit," Durandt said.

Responding to the accusation that Makabu is arrogant, Durandt said: "Is Floyd Mayweather arrogant?"

Durandt said Muhammad Ali had been criticised in a similar fashion.

"These are great fighters and they all have that element - but it's not arrogance," Durandt said in his parting shot.


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