Ex-Maba coach urges Isaac Chilemba to hang on


Former Malawi Boxing Association (Maba) national coach Andson Kazembe has advised Isaac ‘Golden Boy’ Chilemba to return to light heavyweight category instead of retiring.

Kazembe, who is also based in South Africa, was reacting to Chilemba’s intention to quit the sport after suffering a second successive defeat at super middleweight category.

“Isaac [Chilemba] should take challenges at light heavyweight where he is at his best. Look, he went to Russia and he came back with a draw, which was supposed to be a win, considering he fought away from ‘home.’ You cannot put such a boxer down.


“The last seven fights he has had have gone a distance. Not a loss via a KO [knockout],” Kazembe said.

The trainer, who is accredited to have groomed Chilemba locally before they both left separately for South Africa, tipped Golden Boy to pull a surprise in one of the fights he will go into at light heavyweight.

“He is a high calibre fighter. He should not retire. He should rest and reset. He is in the right space right now. I am going to help him on way forward,” he said.


Chilemba lost on unanimous decision to undefeated Cuban Osleys Iglesias in Poland on May 28.

Two titles, IBO and WBA international super middleweight belts, were on the line but at the end of the 12-round contest at Hala Globus Lublin, all the three judges favoured Iglesias after scoring the fight 120-107, 118- 109 and 118-109.

In his last seven fights Chilemba has lost four bouts, drawn once and won twice.

Chilemba, 33, has 26 wins including 10 knockouts, nine defeats and three draws.

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