South Africa based- Malawian light heavyweight boxer, Isaac Chilemba has opted to forego the International Boxing Federation (IBF) title offer in preference to the World Boxing Council (WBC) title eliminator.
Chilemba was faced with a difficult decision regarding his future in the division after he received offers from two major sanctioning organizations to fight for mandatory positions.
The first offer came from IBF against Artur Beterbiev and the last one came from WBC against Andrzej Fonfara.
According to boxingscene.com, despite cloud of uncertainty surrounding Fonfara’s availability to participate, Chilemba has decided to forego the IBF offer and stick with his plan to pursue WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson.
Chilemba, who already earned number one position in WBC rankings, told the website that he was glad with his decision because it would allow him challenge Stevenson for the WBC light heavyweight.
“I am more than ready for this opportunity. This is my second chance and I won’t let it go as I did against Bellew two years ago. It took me time to get to my spot and this time I will get my dream as I prepared both mentally and physically. I thank God for this second chance because not a lot of people get this opportunity,” he said.
Both Chilemba’s manager Jodi Solomon and promoter Kathy Duva of Main Events, believes that Malawian boxer has made the right decision.
Recently, trainer Andson Kazembe hinted that Chilemba would stick to WBC.
“I am of the opinion that Isaac will stick to WBC. He has come far with WBC,” Kazembe told The Daily Times.
Chilemba won the North American Boxing Federation (NABF) light heavyweight title after beating Vasily Lepikhin on unanimous decision.
The Malawian, 28, has 24 wins (10 knockouts) two losses and two draws
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