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Isaac Chilemba offered IBO fight

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South Africa-based boxer Isaac Chilemba is expected to return into the ring on May 28 when facing Osleys Iglesias of Cuba in an IBO International Championship super middleweight bout slated for Germany.

Chilemba, having rescinded his retirement plans, said he was excited to have been offered a chance for a title fight.

“My preparations just began as we still got 10 weeks of preparations. I am conditioning fast. It is an international title fight. I will get back into top level after a victory,” Chilemba said.

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Nicknamed Golden Boy, Chilemba is training under well-known Sean Smith.

“He is one of the best trainers in South Africa and I am confident we will get it right,” he said.

Chilemba, 34, has 26 wins including eight defeats and three draws.

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The Cuban, 26, is undefeated in five fights and is a three-time Olympian. However, he resides in Germany.

The fight comes at the right time, after Chilemba rescinded his retirement plans.

Chilemba announced his retirement decision after losing to Russian Pavel Silyagin on unanimous decision in a WBC Silver super middleweight contest on November 26 last year in Russia.

However, Chilemba told our sister paper Malawi News that he changed his mind after consulting his family, relatives and Malawi Professional Boxing Control Board (MPBCB).

MPBCB President Lonzoe ‘Defector’ Zimba encouraged Chilemba to prepare thoroughly to show that he was still at the top level.

“We had a lengthy chat with him to change his mind. We felt that he made the decision because he was frustrated with results. Now it is time for him to prepare thoroughly. He still has some years to fight at the top level,” he said.

Chilemba’s career spans over two decades and is probably Malawi’s biggest boxing star to have emerged after Drake Thadzi, who settled in Canada in the late 1980s.

The Malawian has won international belts such as International Boxing Federation, World Boxing Association, World Boxing Organisation and Africa Boxing Union.

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