Malawi’s celebrated boxer, Isaac Chilemba, leaves for Australia on Wednesday to complete the final stretch of his preparations for the World Boxing Council (WBC) international light heavy weight and World Boxing Association Oceania title fights.
The South Africa-based fighter, who is making a comeback after being out to injury, will challenge Australian Blake Caparello on March 16 at Melbourne Pavilion.
In an interview from Johannesburg, Chilemba during the week said he was leaving no stone unturned ahead of the bout, knowing that there is a lot at stake.
“It means that after winning these belts, I will be back in top-five of the WBC rankings. I am really looking forward to it,” he said ahead of the 12-rounder.
The Malawian is ranked 13th on the WBC rankings for light heavyweights whereas
Caparello is ninth.
Chilemba, 30, has been out of action since November 16 2016 when he broke his arm in a fight against Ukranian Oleksandr Gvozdyk, and is winless in three consecutive bouts.
Both boxers know each other well as Chilemba, 30, recently helped Caparello (25 wins, two losses and one draw) with sparring ahead of his recent bout.
But the Blantyre-born Chilemba (1.85 metres) is unfazed by his 31-yearold opponent, who is a southpaw and stands at 1.88 metres.
The former World Boxing Federation, International Boxing Federation and World Boxing Organisation international champion (Chilemba) has, in the professional ranks, won 24 bouts, lost five times and drawn twice.
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