Martin Bakole Ilunga vs Michael Hunter

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Martin Bakole Ilunga vs Michael Hunter
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3.5
Average: 3.5 (2 votes)

Date: 
Saturday, October 13, 2018
Location: 
York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, England, UK
Rounds Scheduled: 
10
Contracted Weight: 
Unlimited
Referee: 
Phil Edwards

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Fan Cards: Martin Bakole Ilunga vs Michael Hunter


scorecard by GOLD
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
MARTIN BAKOLE ILUNGA
9
9
9
9
10
9
10
10
9
84
MICHAEL HUNTER
10
10
10
10
9
10
9
9
10
87


scorecard by MATCHROOM
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
MARTIN BAKOLE ILUNGA
9
9
9
9
10
9
10
10
9
84
MICHAEL HUNTER
10
10
10
10
9
10
9
9
10
87


scorecard by BOXING KNOWLEDGE
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
MARTIN BAKOLE ILUNGA
9
10
9
9
10
9
9
10
9
84
MICHAEL HUNTER
10
9
10
10
9
10
10
9
10
87


scorecard by CHAMPION97
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
MARTIN BAKOLE ILUNGA
9
10
9
9
10
9
9
10
9
84
MICHAEL HUNTER
10
9
10
10
9
10
10
9
10
87


Comments

Champion97's picture

Prediction,

Good fight.

Ilunga seems like another good prospect at heavyweight, 11-0, sparred Joshua and Fury, just got a good first round stoppage against DL Jones, who Daniel Dubois took 3 rounds to stop. Ilunga is untested, but this is a big step up, he has been 6 rounds, but in his last two fights, he won inside 1 round, against fighters with better records than his first 9 opponents, he is not challenged.

This is a great test for Ilunga, he's going from fighting guys at a low level, to fighting an opponent who has only ever lost to Usyk, he won 3 rounds against the now undisputed cruiserweight world champion. Hunter was in the 2012 Olympics, as an amateur, he beat Andrew Tabiti, Oscar Rivas, Andy Ruiz, he was a good amateur, and as a professional, 15 fights, schooled Isiah Thomas for the NABO title in 2016, and proved he can last 12 rounds, even win a few, against a great fighter.

Hunter is a small heavyweight, 6'2, quite short for the weight, not too short, but some of his fights have been at 200, he had about 7 or 8 fights at heavyweight, then in 2015, he cut down to cruiserweight, got a couple of stoppages before beating Thomas, then of course he fought Usyk. Hunter lost to Usyk 18 months ago, he has fought twice since then, both his fights have been at heavyweight, one was a 6 round UD, the other was a higher level fight, scheduled for 10 rounds, he knocked his opponent out in 5 rounds. Hunter has experience and recent readabation to heavyweight, but given he made 200, and Ilunga is usually 250, was 270 against Jones, he is at a size disadvantage. Hunter did lose to Usyk, took punishment, damage, but that was just one fight, and he is 30, young for a heavyweight, I think due to the difference in experience, both amateur and professional, both in terms of amount, and quality, Hunter has a good chance, he can definitely give Ilunga probelms.

This depends on Ilunga, if Hunter comes prepared, is right for this fight, Ilunga will need more than a size advantage and the ability to knock out the guys he has been knocking out, he'll have to be a good world level fighter, or at least, he will definitely prove he is close to it with a win here, which he has not proven before. If Ilunga isn't really isn't world level, he won't win.

Tough one to predict, I'll give Ilunga the benefit of the doubt, I think he'll be strong early, take the lead, but in the last 4 rounds, considering Ilunga hasn't been there, but Hunter has (7-8, 3 times, 9-10, twice), I think Hunter might be able to rally, make the fight close as Ilunga tires, especially if he comes in at 270 again, which did seem very heavy, not a good weight to be when it comes to stamina and doing the rounds.

I think Ilunga by UD, 96-94.

Hunter wins un dec ......the kid from the USA is to skill fast for Bakole ......Martin runs out of gas hitting at nothing but air...

Hunter w dec...

Gold's picture

Gotta say it was a mistake to put Ilunga in there with someone with as much experience as Hunter that early in his career

Champion97's picture

What a fight!
Hunter did great, that was some rally at the end there, used his experience, boxed well at times, but with the damage he did, impressive considering the weight disadvantage. This shows how good Usyk is.

That was a tough call from Billy Nelson, promising his fighter he can have his arm repaired, telling him he is no quitter, and making him continue, gamble, had he not done that, he could have saved his fighter taking the beating he took in the last round, didn't help the shoulder making him compete further, but on the other hand, I think Bakole will thank him for that, because had Bakole quit, that would have been that, and when boxers quit, it damages their reputation, price, legacy, Nelson must have beleieved Bakole has a chance of getting the stoppage, and he was proven right, because had Bakole been a quitter, he wouldn't have gone put on his shield like that at the end, showed tremendous heart.

Damaging fight for Ilunga, but also a learning fight, he is young, heavyweights last longer, he can come back stronger, but I think based on him wanting to quit, losing so much of the use of the right hand in this fight, that injury is very serious.

Matchroom's picture

Hunter could be a serious threat at HW.

Gold's picture

I really feel like he should drop back down to Cruiserweight. I don't think he will be able to deal with the size of top 10-15 Heavyweights despite his skills, Bakole looked huge compared to him. Cruiserweight will be wide open when Usyk drops his belts to move up to Heavyweight, if he set himself up to be in a vacant title fight he could be a world champion.