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Isaac Chilemba keeps fingers crossed

Isaac Chilemba

South Africa-based Malawian boxer Isaac Chilemba has expressed disappointment after the World Boxing Council Silver title fight against Pavel Silyagin has been shifted to November 26.

This is the fourth time for the fight to be rescheduled, raising fears that the fight might not take place.

Chilemba confirmed the development, saying it was a result of Covid lockdown in Russia.

“Russia is under a complete lockdown due to an increase in Covid cases; so, the fight has been moved to 26th November,” he said.

Chilemba admitted that it was frustrating to keep on training when he was unsure if the fight would hold.

“I am keeping fingers crossed. I hope the lockdown won’t be extended and we will be allowed to enter Russia. It is very frustrating. This is the fourth time the date has been changed. I am actually losing hope if it is going to happen this year at all,” he said.

According to, the Russian capital brought in its strictest lockdown measures in more than a year on Thursday last week as nationwide one-day pandemic deaths and infections hit new highs amid slow vaccination take-up across the world’s biggest country.

Meanwhile, the 12-round title contest was updated on when it was changed for the first third.

Chilemba, 33, has 26 wins including 10 knockouts, seven defeats and three draws while Pavel Silyagin, 28, has a perfect record, having won all eight fights with four coming through knockouts.

Chilemba will face Silyagin in a super middleweight having been used to the light heavyweight, category.

The Malawian said it was not a challenge at all, having fought at this level and won belts too.

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