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Isaac Chilemba might stick to WBC

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Coach Anderson Kazembe believes South Africa based Malawian light heavyweight boxer, Isaac Chilemba, should stick to World Boxing Council (WBC) title eliminator and forego International Boxing Federation (IBF) offer for the same title.

IBF has offered Chilemba (24-2-2, 10 KOs) a heavyweight title eliminator against Artur Beterbiev for the right to become the mandatory challenger for title holder Sergey Kovalev.

The 28-year-old has also been notified by the WBC that he has been picked to participate in a final eliminator against Andrzej Fonfara for the right to become the mandatory challenger for light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson.

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However, Chilemba cannot have both offers. He has to pick either the WBC or the IBF offer.

The boxer, who has been longing for a shot at a world title, had until yesterday evening to notify the two bodies of his decision.

But Chilemba’s long time trainer Kazembe believes he is likely to opt for the fight with Fonfara (27-3, 16 KOs) with an eye on Stevenson rather than looking to fight Beterbiev (9-0, 9 KOs) for the right to face Main Events promotional stable mate Kovalev.

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“I am of the opinion that lsaac will stick to WBC. He has come far with WBC,” Kazembe, who is also based in South Afrcia, said.

“The reason is that he has only one fight to challenge Adonis, which is a more prestigious title than IBF.He would want to maintain his loyalty to WBC body.”

Chilemba has won four fights in a row since a decision loss to Tony Bellew in England in a May 2013 title eliminator that was a rematch of their draw two months earlier.

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