Malawi’s boxing pride, Isaac ‘Golden Boy’ Chilemba, has dropped from number one to position three on the latest 40-member World Boxing Council (WBC) light heavyweight division ranking.
The South Africa-based pugilist’s decline on the December ranking released on WBCwebsite follows his last month’s points’ loss to Eleider Alvarez in a 12-round title eliminator at Centre Videotron in Quebec City, Canada.
The 28-year-old Chilemba yesterday said he was yet to get an update on the revised ranking, but vowed to bounce back.
“I thought I won that fight. That is what happens when you are fighting in somebody’s territory. If it were held on a neutral ground say in America, I could have been declared the winner,” said the Blantyre-born fighter.
The loss saw Chilemba’s four-fight winning streak fall to 24-3-2 (10KOs). However, Chilemba has another chance to step closer to his world title fight dream.
“With three or two fights I should go top of the ranking and have a shot at a world title. I am meeting Samuel Clarkson in February in the United States. My promoter is working on that. The date and actual venue will be known,” said the former Blantyre Youth Centre fighter.
On the ranking, Chilemba is the only African in the top 10-band which the Canada-based Colombian Alvarez leads followed by Andrzej Fonfara from Poland on second place.
Edwin Rodriguez from Dominic Republic is fourth followed by American Andre Ward, Russians Artur Beterbiev, Igor Mikhalkin, Sean Monaghan (American), Yunieski Gonzalez (Cuba) and Sullivan Barrera (Cuba).
The only other African on the list is 21st ranked Tommy Oosthuizen.
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