The previously-announced WBC title bout between Tony Bellew and Ilunga Makabu is now official, as the two will lock horns on May 29th in Bellew's preferred Goodison Park. Bellew confirmed the news on his Twitter account.
Grigory Drozd originally held the belt they're fighting before, but was stripped and deemed "Champion in Recess" after twice pulling out of bouts with Makabu due to injury.
Bellew (26-2-1, 16 KO) fell short in both of his light heavyweight title bids, losing a majority decision to then-WBO titlist Nathan Cleverly in 2011 and suffering a sixth-round knockout to WBC champion Adonis Stevenson two years later. He was last seen edging Mateusz Masternak on the undercard of Anthony Joshua vs. Dillian Whyte.
Makabu (19-1, 18 KO) hasn't fought since lamping Thabiso Mchunu last May due to Drozd's aforementioned injury issues. He's not lost since his debut and the only man to survive the distance in that span was Dmytro Kucher.
As of now, the only confirmed member of the undercard is Sean Dodd, who will face the ever-flaky TBA.