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PLEADED WITH CHILEMBA—Zimba

Malawi Professional Boxing Control Board (MPBCB) president Lonzoe ‘Defector’ Zimba has requested South Africa based pugilist Isaac Chilemba to put his retirement plans on hold.

This follows Chilemba’s statement that he had retired following his loss to Russian Pavel Silyagin on unanimous decision in a WBC Silver super middleweight contest last week.

Zimba said he had a fruitful discussion with Chilemba whom he persuaded to rescind his retirement plans.

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“I can’t go in details but we feel it is too early for him to retire. He is still a good boxer and he has five years of boxing ahead of him. We feel he made the decision out of frustration after losing the fight. We have pleaded with him to change his mind. He has since promised us that he will reconsider his decision,” Zimba said.

Chilemba confirmed the discussions saying he will give it a second thought.

“I will take the December holiday to think through it and make a final decision. I will have a clear decision of whether I go ahead and retire or do one or few more fights. I will let you know then,” he said.

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Chilemba’s career spans over two decades with a record of 26 wins including eight defeats and three draws.

When asked about the outcome of the fight against Silyagin, Chilemba told our sister paper, The Sunday Times that he had hanged up his gloves.

“It’s ok. I am done. I am retiring. I will have to sit over the holidays to figure out what’s next,” Chilemba told the paper.

The Golden Boy, as Chilemba is fondly called, has won international belts such as International Boxing Federation, World Boxing Association, World Boxing Organisation and Africa Boxing Union.

Chilemba is the biggest boxing star to have emerged from Malawi boxing after Drake Thadzi who settled in Canada in the late 1980s.

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