|Real name||Isaac Chilemba|
|Rated at||Super Middleweight
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
17 May 1987 |
|Wins by KO||9|
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.
Early professional career
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.
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. 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. 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. 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
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. 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. 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. 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. 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.
Professional boxing record
|23 Wins (10 knockouts) 2 Losses, 2 Draws|
|Win||23-2-2||Cory Cummings||TKO||7 (10)||2014-08-02||Revel Atlantic City, Atlantic City, New Jersey|
|Win||22-2-2||Denis Grachev||UD||10||2014-03-15||Sands Casino Resort, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania|
|Win||21-2-2||Michael Gbenga||UD||8||2013-11-16||Turning Stone Resort & Casino, Verona, New York|
|Loss||20-2-2||Tony Bellew||UD||12||2013-05-25||The O2 Arena, London, United Kingdom||Eliminator for WBC Light Heavyweight Title|
|Draw||20-1-2||Tony Bellew||SD||12||2013-03-30||Echo Arena, Liverpool, Merseyside||Eliminator for WBC Light Heavyweight Title|
|Win||20-1-1||Rayco Saunders||UD||8||2012-09-29||Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, Connecticut|
|Win||19-1-1||Edison Miranda||UD||10||2012-02-03||Texas Station Casino, North Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Win||18-1-1||Jameson Bostic||KO||2 (8), 1:48||2011-10-01||Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey|
|Win||17-1-1||Vikapita Meroro||UD||10||2011-03-26||Emperor's Palace, Kempton Park, Gauteng||vacant WBC International Light Heavyweight Title|
|Win||16-1-1||Maxim Vlasov||UD||10||2011-02-25||Million Dollar Elm Casino, Tulsa, Oklahoma|
|Draw||15-1-1||Thomas Oosthuizen||SD||12||2010-11-06||Emperor's Palace, Kempton Park, Gauteng||Retained IBO World Super Middleweight Title|
|Win||15–1||Michael Bolling||UD||12||2010-06-19||Emperor's Palace, Kempton Park, Gauteng||Retained IBO World Super Middleweight Title|
|Win||14–1||Doudou Ngumbu||UD||12||2009-10-31||Emperor's Palace, Kempton Park, Gauteng||Won vacant IBO World Super Middleweight Title|
|Win||13–1||David Basajjamivule||UD||12||2009-10-31||Graceland Hotel Casino, Secunda, Mpumalanga||Won vacant World Boxing Organization Africa Light Heavyweight Title|
|Win||12–1||Charles Adamu||UD||12||2008-09-13||Emperor's Palace, Kempton Park, Gauteng||Won vacant African Boxing Union Super Middleweight Title|
|Win||11–1||Chamunorwa Gonorenda||KO||4 (6)||2008-07-15||Emperor's Palace, Kempton Park, Gauteng|
|Win||10–1||David Basajjamivule||TKO||8 (8)||2008-04-29||Emperor's Palace, Kempton Park, Gauteng|
|Win||9-1||Willbeforce Shihepo||PTS||6 (6)||2007-11-21||Emperor's Palace, Kempton Park, Gauteng|
|Loss||8-1||Willbeforce Shihepo||PTS||6 (6)||2007-07-05||Emperor's Palace, Kempton Park, Gauteng|
|Win||8-0||Godfrey Nene||TKO||2 (6)||2007-05-12||Emperor's Palace, Kempton Park, Gauteng|
|Win||7-0||Charles Chisamba||PTS||6 (6)||2007-03-27||Emperor's Palace, Kempton Park, Gauteng|
|Win||6-0||Emmanuel Gwala||TKO||4 (6)||2006-12-01||Orlando Communal Hall, Soweto, Gauteng|
|Win||5-0||Ronnie Lategan||TKO||2 (4)||2006-11-17||Emperor's Palace, Kempton Park, Gauteng|
|Win||4-0||Mark Sloane||PTS||4 (4)||2006-07-11||Emperor's Palace, Kempton Park, Gauteng|
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- Ngasa times | Malawi's Chilemba wins WBO African title[dead link]
- Ngasa Times | Malawi's Chilemba wins WBC light heavyweight title[dead link]
- The BNL Times | Berman plans big for Chilemba[dead link]
- Kulani Nkuna (2010-06-07). "Chilemba to take over Bolling title shot". Business Day. Retrieved 2014-06-02.
- Africa News | Malawian beats Aussie to claim IBO belt
- Sy Lerman, Sapa (2010-11-07). "so called war ends in a draw". Times Live. Retrieved 2014-06-02.
- "Nation on Sunday | Chilemba takes USA by storm". Nationmw.net. Retrieved 2014-06-02.
- Namibia Sport | Meroro loses to Chilemba
Title last held bySakio Bika
|IBO Super Middleweight Champion
June 19, 2010 – 2011
Title next held byThomas Oosthuizen