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Isaac Chilemba’s fight shifted again

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Pugilist Isaac Chilemba’s World Boxing Council Silver title fight against Pavel Silyagin of Russia has been shifted to November 12.

The bout was initially scheduled for October 16 but the date was changed to November 5 before being shifted again.

Chilemba described the change as a blessing in disguise, saying it would enable him to prepare thoroughly for the super middleweight contest.

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“The fight has been moved again but now it is 100 percent set as it has been updated on boxrec.com. The change is a blessing in disguise as it has given us more days to touch on areas that we might have missed. I just have to reprogramme myself and shift my mind to the new date,” he said.

Last week, Chilemba told our sister paper Malawi News that fighting in the super middleweight from his usual light heavyweight category would not be a challenge as he would be doing so for the second time.

“This is not a challenge to me. Not at all. My last fight was in the super middleweight category and I did not find any problem. This time, I will also be fine,” he said.

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Chilemba used to fight in the super middleweight category during the early days of his professional career when he had relocated to South Africa from Malawi in 2005.

The 33-year-old Malawian has 26 wins including 10 knockouts, seven defeats and three draws while Pavel Silyagin, 28, has a perfect record, having won all his eight fights with four knockouts.

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