Isaac Chilemba defeats Caparello to win 2 belts
Malawi’s boxing pride, Isaac ‘Golden Boy’ Chilemba, dusted himself off after three straight defeats and a nasty arm injury to outbox Blake Caparello in Australia Friday. The resounding win inside a packed Melbourne Pavilion saw Chilemba claim World
Boxing Council (WBC) and World Boxing Association Oceania International light heavyweight belts.
“As I promised, I am the champion again. I feel awesome. It was a great fight. It took me three to four rounds to pick it up as I have been out of the ring for a long time. From round four, I won the rest,” Chilemba said in a brief interview from Australia. The win enhances the Blantyre-born boxer’s chances of earning a world title fight and move up the WBC rankings.
Malawi News monitored the fight online. Chilemba, 25-5-2, 10 Kos, is ranked 13th in the light heavyweight category, four places behind the southpaw Caparello. This was a clash between contrasting styles as Chilemba is orthodox.
It was Chilemba’s first fight since 2016 when he broke his arm during a bout in America.
Watched by his American trainer, Roy Jones Junior, the 30-year-old knew that his career was at stake. Chilemba could not just disappoint against the hard-hitting Australian who had won four previous fights. Internet reports show that the first-round started with the boxers feeling each other out.
There was nothing spectacular to write about. However, Chilemba fought his way back into the contest.
The judges scored 117-111,115-113, 115-113 in favour of the South Africa-based Malawian pugilist, according to www.boxingforum24.com.
The website reports that Caparello, 31, dominated from round two to eight before Chilemba seized proceedings in the rest of the 12-rounder. The Australian’s record is now 27-2- 1, 10 KOs.
Ahead of the fight, Chilemba weighed 79.30 against 79.10 for Caparello.
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