Isaac Chilemba

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Isaac Chilemba
Real name Isaac Chilemba
Nickname(s) Golden Boy
Rated at Super Middleweight
Light Heavyweight
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Nationality Malawian
Born (1987-05-17) 17 May 1987 (age 27)
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 26
Wins 22
Wins by KO 9
Losses 2
Draws 2

Isaac Chilemba (born 17 May 1987) is a Malawian professional boxer competing in the light heavyweight division. He is the former IBO world champion at super middleweight and former WBC International champion at light heavyweight. He has also held the African Boxing Union titles at both weights. Moreover, Isaac has been featured in the top ten in Ring Magazine's ratings for light heavyweights.[1]

Early professional career[edit]

Chilembe made his professional debut in Gauteng, South Africa on 19 October 2005 defeating Thamsanga Tindleni in the 2nd round of a 4 round contest. He compiled a run of eight successive victories before dropping a points decision to Willbeforce Shihepo on 5 July 2007 at the Emperor's Palace in Gauteng. The reverse to Shihepo was immediately rectified in his next fight, again in Gauteng, on 21 November 2007 defeating Shihepo on points over six rounds. Two more fights followed in 2008 resulting in wins over David Basajjamivule and Chamunorowa Gonorenda before Chilembe got the opportunity to fight for the African Boxing Unions super middleweight championship on 13 September 2008. The fight for the title once again took place at the Emperor's Palace and pitched Chilemba against the experienced former Commonwealth champion Charles Adamu with Chilemba winning the fight with a 12 round decision to lift the title.[2][3]

Championship fights[edit]

In his next fight Chilemba stepped up to light heavyweight and challenged former victim David Basajjamivule for the WBO version of the light heavyweight title. The fight at the Graceland Casino in Mpumalanga took place on 13 June 2009 and resulted in a second victory over the Ugandan.[4] Chilemba followed this up on 31 October 2009 with another title win, this time defeating French based Congolese fighter Doudou Ngumba to lift the African Boxing Union's light heavyweight version as well as the WBC International title.[5] A first defence of the WBC title was due to have been made on 26 March 2010 with the Malawian travelling to England to meet former British champion Tony Oakey on a Ricky Hatton promoted bill. The fight however never materialised after Oakey lost an English title fight to fellow countryman Danny McIntosh.[6] Following Oakey, the next opponent lined up for Chilemba was to be Rupert van Aswegen but he then chose to retire from the sport altogether leaving the Malawian once again without an opponent.

IBO World Title[edit]

Following the pullout, Chilemba moved back down at super middleweight for the chance to fight undefeated Australian Michael Bolling on 19 June 2010 for the vacant IBO world title.[7] The fight at the Emperor's Palace, resulted in another win for the Malawian and was his fourth title fight in a row in which a different title had been on the line.[8] Chilemba made the first defence of his IBO belt on 6 November 2010 returning to the Emperors Palace and retaining with a grueling draw against touted South African Thomas Oosthuizen despite being the underdog going into the fight.[9] On 25 February 2011 Chilemba traveled to Tulsa, Oklahoma to fight in the United States for the first time. His opponent, the unbeaten Russian Maxim Vlasov had won all 19 of his previous fights and managed to knock Chilemba down twice in the 8th round. Despite this the Malawian was able to win the fight over the 10 round distance.[10] Chilemba returned to South Africa for his next fight against Namibian boxer Vikapita Meroro and retained the WBC International light heavyweight title on 26 March 2011 with a unanimous points win.[11]

Professional boxing record[edit]

23 Wins (10 knockouts) 2 Losses, 2 Draws
Result Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
Win 23-2-2 United States Cory Cummings TKO 7 (10) 2014-08-02 United States Revel Atlantic City, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 22-2-2 Russia Denis Grachev UD 10 2014-03-15 United States Sands Casino Resort, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Win 21-2-2 Ghana Michael Gbenga UD 8 2013-11-16 United States Turning Stone Resort & Casino, Verona, New York
Loss 20-2-2 United Kingdom Tony Bellew UD 12 2013-05-25 United Kingdom The O2 Arena, London, United Kingdom Eliminator for WBC Light Heavyweight Title
Draw 20-1-2 United Kingdom Tony Bellew SD 12 2013-03-30 United Kingdom Echo Arena, Liverpool, Merseyside Eliminator for WBC Light Heavyweight Title
Win 20-1-1 United States Rayco Saunders UD 8 2012-09-29 United States Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, Connecticut
Win 19-1-1 Colombia Edison Miranda UD 10 2012-02-03 United States Texas Station Casino, North Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 18-1-1 United States Jameson Bostic KO 2 (8), 1:48 2011-10-01 United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 17-1-1 Namibia Vikapita Meroro UD 10 2011-03-26 South Africa Emperor's Palace, Kempton Park, Gauteng vacant WBC International Light Heavyweight Title
Win 16-1-1 Russia Maxim Vlasov UD 10 2011-02-25 United States Million Dollar Elm Casino, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Draw 15-1-1 South Africa Thomas Oosthuizen SD 12 2010-11-06 South Africa Emperor's Palace, Kempton Park, Gauteng Retained IBO World Super Middleweight Title
Win 15–1 Australia Michael Bolling UD 12 2010-06-19 South Africa Emperor's Palace, Kempton Park, Gauteng Retained IBO World Super Middleweight Title
Win 14–1 France Doudou Ngumbu UD 12 2009-10-31 South Africa Emperor's Palace, Kempton Park, Gauteng Won vacant IBO World Super Middleweight Title
Win 13–1 Uganda David Basajjamivule UD 12 2009-10-31 South Africa Graceland Hotel Casino, Secunda, Mpumalanga Won vacant World Boxing Organization Africa Light Heavyweight Title
Win 12–1 Ghana Charles Adamu UD 12 2008-09-13 South Africa Emperor's Palace, Kempton Park, Gauteng Won vacant African Boxing Union Super Middleweight Title
Win 11–1 Zimbabwe Chamunorwa Gonorenda KO 4 (6) 2008-07-15 South Africa Emperor's Palace, Kempton Park, Gauteng
Win 10–1 Uganda David Basajjamivule TKO 8 (8) 2008-04-29 South Africa Emperor's Palace, Kempton Park, Gauteng
Win 9-1 Namibia Willbeforce Shihepo PTS 6 (6) 2007-11-21 South Africa Emperor's Palace, Kempton Park, Gauteng
Loss 8-1 Namibia Willbeforce Shihepo PTS 6 (6) 2007-07-05 South Africa Emperor's Palace, Kempton Park, Gauteng
Win 8-0 South Africa Godfrey Nene TKO 2 (6) 2007-05-12 South Africa Emperor's Palace, Kempton Park, Gauteng
Win 7-0 Zambia Charles Chisamba PTS 6 (6) 2007-03-27 South Africa Emperor's Palace, Kempton Park, Gauteng
Win 6-0 South Africa Emmanuel Gwala TKO 4 (6) 2006-12-01 South Africa Orlando Communal Hall, Soweto, Gauteng
Win 5-0 South Africa Ronnie Lategan TKO 2 (4) 2006-11-17 South Africa Emperor's Palace, Kempton Park, Gauteng
Win 4-0 South Africa Mark Sloane PTS 4 (4) 2006-07-11 South Africa Emperor's Palace, Kempton Park, Gauteng


  1. ^ "Ring ratings update: Froch advances to No. 2 super middleweight - Ring TV". 2011-06-08. Retrieved 2014-06-02. 
  2. ^ "Isaac Chilemba record". Boxrec. 1987-05-17. Retrieved 2014-06-02. 
  3. ^ "Malawian boxer beats Ghanain". Africa News. 2014-01-25. Retrieved 2014-06-02. 
  4. ^ Ngasa times | Malawi's Chilemba wins WBO African title[dead link]
  5. ^ Ngasa Times | Malawi's Chilemba wins WBC light heavyweight title[dead link]
  6. ^ The BNL Times | Berman plans big for Chilemba[dead link]
  7. ^ Kulani Nkuna (2010-06-07). "Chilemba to take over Bolling title shot". Business Day. Retrieved 2014-06-02. 
  8. ^ Africa News | Malawian beats Aussie to claim IBO belt
  9. ^ Sy Lerman, Sapa (2010-11-07). "so called war ends in a draw". Times Live. Retrieved 2014-06-02. 
  10. ^ "Nation on Sunday | Chilemba takes USA by storm". Retrieved 2014-06-02. 
  11. ^ Namibia Sport | Meroro loses to Chilemba

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Title last held by
Sakio Bika
IBO Super Middleweight Champion
June 19, 2010 – 2011
Title next held by
Thomas Oosthuizen