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Isaac Chilemba bounces back

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Former light heavyweight challenger, Isaac ‘Golden Boy’ Chilemba, has made a quick return to training after recovering from an arm injury in South Africa.

Chilemba retired in the eighth round after breaking his elbow at T-Mobile Arena in the United States during a title fight against Oleksandr Gvozdyk last November.

He was supposed to be out until 2018, but the former World Boxing Council contender is even dreaming of fighting later this year.

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“I am doing great. I have four more weeks for treatment. Even though I was advised by the doctor to only start boxing training next year, I am feeling great that I begun training two weeks ago,” the Blantyre-born fighter said.

“In fact, today [last Saturday] I had two rounds sparring just to test my arm. Even though I felt pain here and there, I am happy with how the recovery is going. I am hoping to have at least a fight towards the end of this year. Nothing has been discussed yet as I am still going through physiotherapy treatment.”

Earlier, reports suggested that Chilemba was also supposed to undergo a hip surgery in the United States. But the 30-year-old insisted otherwise.

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“I didn’t go to the United States for the treatment rather I decided to do it here in South Africa. I will go to the United States only when I am 100 percent fit.”

Speaking after the loss to Gvozdyk, Chilemba (24-3-2, 10 KOs) told Espn that if it were not for the injury he could have defeated the Ukranian.

“I am devastated,” Chilemba said. “If I hadn’t hurt my right arm in the third round, it would have been a completely different outcome. I was in an incredible amount of pain from the third round through the rest of the fight”.

However, the Ukranian insisted otherwise, saying Chilemba had paid the price of underrating him.

“Left jab, left hook and straight rights to the body really hurt him,” Gvozdyk (12-0, 10 KOs) was quoted as saying. “People don’t think I have a lot of fights, but I had over 250 amateur fights. I just broke him down.”

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