Isaac Chilemba’s fight upgraded: WBA, IBO titles on menu
South Africa based Malawian boxer Isaac ‘Golden Boy’ Chilemba has a chance to make a huge statement on his return to the ring as two belts, IBO and WBA international super middleweight, are on the line.
Chilemba faces undefeated Osleys Iglesias of Cuba in a 12-round bout on May 27 at Hala Globus Lublin in Poland.
The 34-year-old pugilist has promised to go flat out to make his comeback fight glorious.
“I am preparing to go all in. There are two titles on the line being the IBO International and WBA International titles.
“This is my comeback in a number of ways and I intend to give it my all,” Chilemba, who has 26 wins including eight defeats and three draws said.
This will be the first time for Chilemba to fight in absence of former manager Jodi Solomon as they parted ways.
However, the Malawian was confident his new corner men will help him achieve positive result.
“Sean Smith of Smith Boxing will be in my corner. I am looking forward to having a new team with me. This is my way back to the top,” Golden Boy, as Chilemba is known, said.
Chilemba last won a fight on December 13, 2019 when he defeated Alexander Kubich on unanimous decision in a non-title fight.
However, he last won a belt on March 16, 2018 when he defeated Blake Caparello on unanimous decision.
In 2016, Chilemba had a chance to win three belts, WBA, IBO and WBO light heavyweight titles he lost on unanimous decision to Sergey Kovalev.
Chilemba is considered as the biggest boxing star to have emerged from Malawi after Drake Thadzi who settled in Canada in the late 1980s.
Cuban boxer Iglesias, 26, is undefeated in five fights and he is a three time Olympian.