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Florian Marku v Chris Kongo - Tale of the Tape: Weight, height, reach, trainer & professional boxing records

We analyse the credentials and statistics of Florian Marku and Chris Congo as the two heated welterweight rivals get set to settle their differences on the undercard of Fabio Wardley v Frazer Clarke on Easter Sunday.

Sometimes it doesn’t take much for a rivalry to escalate.

With the freedom of social media, everyone has an opportunity to speak their mind and venture opinions. Fighters, too, use these platforms to make their voices heard.

Florian Marku and Chris Kongo have used their social media platforms to take shots at each other over the past year or two.

Then last year, when Kongo interrupted Marku during an interview, all hell broke loose.

Months later we’re on the periphery of a fight that promises fireworks; two welterweights putting their reputations on the line and settling their differences with the ambition of moving on to a world title opportunity.

For Marku, it’s business. For Kongo, it’s about legacy.

But who wins?

It's time to look at the 'Tale of the Tape'...
 

Florian Marku v Chris Kongo
Tale of the Tape

TOTT

Florian Marku

Chris Kongo

Odds:

4/6

6/5

Age:

31

31

Nickname:    

'The Albanian King'

'2Slick'

Height:

5ft 8ins

6ft

Reach:

68ins

72ins

Weight:

Welterweight

Welterweight

Trainer:

Grant Smith

Ben Davison

Record:

13-0-1 (8 KOs)

14-2 (7 KOs)

Last Fight:

Won - (TKO) v Dylan Moran (September 2023)

Lost - (UD) v Ekow Essuman (January 2023)


Florian Marku
In Profile

A former MMA fighter and kickboxer, Florian Marku has made a solid start to his career as a professional boxer.

Unbeaten in 14 fights (including one draw against Jamie Stewart in December 2020), the Albanian is a throwback fire-fighter, with an offensive style that is difficult to come up against and a fan base that is nigh impossible to drown out.

The Albanian's fan-friendly, front-footed style, together with his engaging personality, have helped make him a firm fan-favourite, but there are question marks as to how far he can actually go within the sport.

The addition of Grant Smith, one of the best trainers in the country, will aid his cause, but even with him, many do question whether the aggressive and determined 31-year-old has the talent to fulfil his world title dream.

Having called out Josh Taylor just last year, Marku is keen to make a name for himself. However, there are weaknesses in his game which could be exploited by someone with the style of Chris Kongo.

Former opponent Chris Jenkins got to Marku frequently and, worryingly for the Albanian, his face marked up remarkably quickly.

If Marku is to go on to a level that he believes he belongs at – world level – then he needs to remember he has time on his side and treat this portion of his career as an education.

Strengths:

Weaknesses:

Punch-power

Static

Explosiveness

Untested

Head movement

Can be out-boxed

Strength

Marks up quickly


Chris Kongo
In Profile

A former member of the renowned Team GB amateur squad, the career of Chris Kongo hasn’t hit the heights he and many had expected.

After 16 fights it’s been a case of close but no cigar, having lost to Michael McKinson and Ekow Essuman - opponents that both represented a step-up in quality.

For his age (31) there are not a lot of miles on the clock, but the fight against Marku is suddenly make-or-break.

Kongo, now under the stewardship of Ben Davison, undoubtedly possesses the tools to beat Marku, and, crucially, the scheduling of it taking place over ten rounds works in his favour.

The Londoner is full of self-belief and clearly believes he is a level above Marku, but any over-confidence going into this fight will see him come undone.

The talent has always been there with Kongo, but he is yet to get over the line when it matters most - a flaw which has plagued many a fighter similar to him.

While his career is not quite on the line just yet, his style makes it difficult for him to find fights... further emphasising how important a win is for Kongo this weekend.

Strengths:

Weaknesses:

Jab

Vulnerable to overhand shots

Boxing at range

Inactivity

Straight uppercut

Can be bullied

Good punch variety

Leaky defence during exchanges

Florian Marku v Chris Kongo

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All odds displayed within this article were correct at the time of writing and are subject to fluctuation.
 

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