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Isaac Chilemba faces Tanzanian on South Africa return

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Boxer Isaac ‘Golden Boy’ Chilemba is set to fight in South Africa for the first time in 11 years when he faces Mbaruku Kheri of Tanzania in a 10-round non-title contest on October 16.

Chilemba last fought in South Africa in 2011 when he defeated Vikapita Meroro of Namibia for the vacant World Boxing Council International light heavyweight belt.

The South Africa-based fighter said he was looking forward to impressing his fans on his return to the Rainbow Nation.

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“I have been fighting outside Africa since 2011 and I am very excited with staging a fight in South Africa again. I look forward to this great day.

“Fighting on home soil after a very long time springs up good feelings in me. This will be my big night of boxing. I call this one a keep-busy fight,” he said.

The 34-year-old has a record of four losses in his last six fights in which he won and drew once each.

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He started his career in the country but trekked to South Africa in 2005.

Chilemba has 26 wins including 10 knockouts, nine defeats and three draws whereas Kheri, 39, has 18 wins including 15 knockouts and 10 defeats.

Interestingly, Kheri was also announced in another bill pitting him against Joey Vegas at MTN Arena in Lugogo, Kampala, Uganda.

However, boxrec.com indicated that the fight is subject to change as it requires commission approval.

Recently, former Malawi Boxing Association national coach Andson Kazembe advised Chilemba against hanging up his gloves.

Kazembe advised Chilemba to revert to the light heavyweight category instead.

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