Yves Ngabu: The Forgotten Cruiserweight King
By Jordan Victor
The cruiserweight division is currently at it’s highest peak in terms of depth and talent. On UK shores alone you have the likes of British kingpin Lawrence Okolie and former foe Isaac Chamberlain playing their trade. One must also not forget the fast rising Richard Riakphore who faces Chris Billam-Smith in an all-out war on the Dillian Whyte vs Oscar Rivas undercard in July.
But there is one name in particular that most fans do not know and that is of Yves Ngabu. Currently fighting under the tutelage of world class trainer Dominic Ingle in Sheffield. Training amongst fellow elite fighters like Liam Williams and Kid Galahad to name a few.
Ngabu who fights out of Roeselare, Belgium has been the EBU cruiserweight champion since early 2017. Beating Tamas Lodi for the vacant title and then defending against Geofforey Battelo and Micki Nielsen respectively. Ngabu presently holds an undefeated record of 20 wins with 14 of those wins ending by way of knockout. At 30, we are likely witnessing the prime years of Ngabu and it would be a real shame if he did not get a big opportunity soon.
We have seen the current British and Commonwealth cruiserweight champion Okolie linked to a WBA world title fight with champion Denis Lebedev. But with rumours of that having slowed significantly I believe a fight with Ngabu is the one to make. It would signify a long awaited opportunity on the big stage for the Belgian, and would also be a more than stellar test for the fast rising Brit. If a fight with Okolie is not possible there are still many good matchups out there, Isaac Chamberlain, Riakphore amongst others, all highly-touted fighters, but none of which have stepped to the European level, of which Ngabu sits upon the throne.
Over the course of the next 12-24 months as the wealth of talent in the cruiserweight division develops, expect the name Yves Ngabu to come up. The EBU cruiserweight title has been held by so many great fighters including the likes of David Haye, Tony Bellew, Johnny Nelson and Enzo Maccarinelli. Will Ngabu be revered like these men…..only time will tell !!!!