Malawi’s boxing pride Isaac ‘Golden Boy’ Chilemba could return into the ring on February 20 after his non-title bout with Fedor Chudinov of Russia has been rescheduled.
The South Africa-based Malawian pugilist has been idle for over a year after this fight was called off due to the coronavirus pandemic as he could not travel because of travel restrictions.
“I just re-signed the contract. I am fighting the guy (Chudinov) I was meant to fight just before the lockdown,” he said.
Chilemba said he had started intensive training to win the fight.
“I am doing great. We just began training at the peak as we only have four weeks, so for now I am feeling it. To reach top fitness level, I am running long distance (10km to 15km) everyday day for three weeks and sparring 12 rounds three times a week. By doing that, I will be in great shape for the fight,” he said.
The light heavyweight boxer, with a record of 26 wins including 10 knockouts, seven defeats and two draws, is expected to drop to a lower weight division to make the fight happen as Chudinov fights in super middleweight category.
Chudinov, 33, has 23 wins including 16 knockouts, two losses and a draw.
Chilemba left Malawi as an amateur boxer for Blantyre Youth Centre in 2003 and settled in Johannesburg, where he was groomed into a professional fighter.
In 2019, the fighter faced mixed fortunes as he lost on points to Maksim Vlasov at Centre Square in Gelendzik, Russia, during the then vacant Eurasian Boxing Parliament light-weight title.
However, Chilemba bounced back to beat Russian Alexander Kubich in a non-title cruiser weight fight in Greece on December 15 2019.
The Malawian has won international belts such as International Boxing Federation, World Boxing Association, World Boxing Organisation and Africa Boxing Union.
Chilemba is the biggest boxing star to have emerged from Malawi boxing after Drake Thadzi, who settled in Canada in the late 1980s.