Isaac Chilemba

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Isaac Chilemba
Statistics
Real name Miguel Isaac Chilemba Zuze
Nickname(s) Golden Boy
Rated at Super-middleweight
Light-heavyweight
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Reach 73 in (185 cm)
Nationality Malawian
Born (1987-05-17) 17 May 1987 (age 30)
Blantyre, Malawi
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 31
Wins 24
Wins by KO 10
Losses 5
Draws 2

Miguel Isaac Chilemba Zuze (born 17 May 1987), best known as Isaac Chilemba, is a Malawian professional boxer. He is a former IBO super-middleweight and WBC International light-heavyweight champion, having also held the ABU titles at both weights. As of July 2016, Chilemba is ranked by The Ring magazine as the world's seventh best light-heavyweight.

Early professional career[edit]

Chilemba 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 Chilemba 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.[1][2]

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.[3] 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.[4] 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.[5] 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.[6] 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.[7] Chilemba made the first defence of his IBO belt on 6 November 2010 returning to the Emperors Palace and retaining with a gruelling draw against touted South African Thomas Oosthuizen despite being the underdog going into the fight.[8] On 25 February 2011 Chilemba travelled 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.[9] 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.[10]

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
31 fights 24 wins 5 losses
By knockout 10 1
By decision 14 4
Draws 2
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
31 Loss 24–5–2 Ukraine Oleksandr Gvozdyk RTD 8 (10), 3:00 Nov 19, 2016 United States T-Mobile Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. For NABF light-heavyweight title
30 Loss 24–4–2 Russia Sergey Kovalev UD 12 Jul 11, 2016 Russia Divs Hotel, Yekaterinburg, Russia For WBA (Undisputed), IBF and WBO light-heavyweight titles
29 Loss 24–3–2 Colombia Eleider Álvarez MD 12 Nov 28, 2015 Canada Videotron Centre, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada For WBC Silver light-heavyweight title
28 Win 24–2–2 Russia Vasily Lepikhin UD 10 Mar 14, 2015 Canada Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Won vacant NABF light-heavyweight title
27 Win 23–2–2 United States Cory Cummings TKO 7 (10), 2:28 Aug 2, 2014 United States Revel Atlantic City, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
26 Win 22–2–2 Russia Denis Grachev UD 10 Mar 15, 2014 United States Sands Casino Resort, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, U.S.
25 Win 21–2–2 Ghana Michael Gbenga UD 8 Nov 16, 2013 United States Turning Stone Resort & Casino, Verona, New York, U.S.
24 Loss 20–2–2 United Kingdom Tony Bellew UD 12 May 25, 2013 United Kingdom The O2 Arena, London, England For WBC Silver light-heavyweight title
23 Draw 20–1–2 United Kingdom Tony Bellew SD 12 Mar 30, 2013 United Kingdom Echo Arena, Liverpool, England For WBC Silver light-heavyweight title
22 Win 20–1–1 United States Rayco Saunders UD 8 Sep 29, 2012 United States Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, Connecticut, U.S.
21 Win 19–1–1 Colombia Edison Miranda UD 10 Feb 3, 2012 United States Texas Station Casino, North Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
20 Win 18–1–1 United States Jameson Bostic KO 2 (8), 1:48 Oct 1, 2011 United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
19 Win 17–1–1 Namibia Vikapita Meroro UD 10 Mar 26, 2011 South Africa Emperor's Palace, Kempton Park, South Africa Won vacant WBC International light-heavyweight title
18 Win 16–1–1 Russia Maxim Vlasov UD 10 Feb 25, 2011 United States Million Dollar Elm Casino, Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S.
17 Draw 15–1–1 South Africa Thomas Oosthuizen SD 12 Nov 6, 2010 South Africa Emperor's Palace, Kempton Park, South Africa Retained IBO super-middleweight title
16 Win 15–1 Australia Michael Bolling UD 12 Jun 19, 2010 South Africa Emperor's Palace, Kempton Park, South Africa Won vacant IBO super-middleweight title
15 Win 14–1 France Doudou Ngumbu UD 12 Oct 31, 2009 South Africa Emperor's Palace, Kempton Park, South Africa Won WBC International and ABU light-heavyweight titles
14 Win 13–1 Uganda David Basajjamivule UD 12 Jun 13, 2009 South Africa Graceland Hotel Casino, Secunda, South Africa Won vacant WBO Africa light-heavyweight title
13 Win 12–1 Ghana Charles Adamu UD 12 Sep 13, 2008 South Africa Emperor's Palace, Kempton Park, South Africa Won vacant ABU super-middleweight title
12 Win 11–1 Zimbabwe Chamunorwa Gonorenda KO 4 (6) Jul 15, 2008 South Africa Emperor's Palace, Kempton Park, South Africa
11 Win 10–1 Uganda David Basajjamivule TKO 8 (8) Apr 29, 2008 South Africa Emperor's Palace, Kempton Park, South Africa
10 Win 9–1 Namibia Willbeforce Shihepo PTS 6 Nov 21, 2007 South Africa Emperor's Palace, Kempton Park, South Africa
9 Loss 8–1 Namibia Willbeforce Shihepo PTS 6 Jul 5, 2007 South Africa Emperor's Palace, Kempton Park, South Africa
8 Win 8–0 South Africa Godfrey Nene TKO 2 (6) May 12, 2007 South Africa Emperor's Palace, Kempton Park, South Africa
7 Win 7–0 Zambia Charles Chisamba PTS 6 Mar 27, 2007 South Africa Emperor's Palace, Kempton Park, South Africa
6 Win 6–0 South Africa Emmanuel Gwala TKO 4 (6) Dec 1, 2006 South Africa Orlando Communal Hall, Soweto, South Africa
5 Win 5–0 South Africa Ronnie Lategan TKO 2 (4) Nov 17, 2006 South Africa Emperor's Palace, Kempton Park, South Africa
4 Win 4–0 South Africa Mark Sloane PTS 4 Jul 11, 2006 South Africa Emperor's Palace, Kempton Park, South Africa
3 Win 3–0 South Africa Sithembiso Ngcobo KO 1 (4), 1:18 May 25, 2006 South Africa Carnival City, Brakpan, South Africa
2 Win 2–0 South Africa Oupa Mahlangu TKO 4 (4) Feb 10, 2006 South Africa Graceland Hotel Casino, Secunda, South Africa
1 Win 1–0 South Africa Thamsanqa Tindleni TKO 4 (4) Oct 19, 2005 South Africa Carnival City, Secunda, South Africa Professional debut

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Isaac Chilemba record". Boxrec. 17 May 1987. Retrieved 2 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "Malawian boxer beats Ghanain". Africa News. 25 January 2014. Retrieved 2 June 2014. 
  3. ^ Ngasa times | Malawi's Chilemba wins WBO African title Archived 5 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Ngasa Times | Malawi's Chilemba wins WBC light heavyweight title Archived 4 November 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ The BNL Times | Berman plans big for Chilemba
  6. ^ Kulani Nkuna (7 June 2010). "Chilemba to take over Bolling title shot". Business Day. Retrieved 2 June 2014. 
  7. ^ Africa News | Malawian beats Aussie to claim IBO belt
  8. ^ Sy Lerman, Sapa (7 November 2010). "so called war ends in a draw". Times Live. Retrieved 2 June 2014. 
  9. ^ "Nation on Sunday | Chilemba takes USA by storm". Nationmw.net. Retrieved 2 June 2014. 
  10. ^ Namibia Sport | Meroro loses to Chilemba

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Sporting positions
Regional boxing titles
Vacant
Title last held by
Charles Adamu
ABU super-middleweight champion
September 13, 2008 – April 2009
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Flash Issaka
New title WBO Africa light-heavyweight champion
June 13, 2009 – September 2009
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Vikapita Meroro
Preceded by
Doudou Ngumbu
WBC International light-heavyweight champion
October 31, 2009 – July 2010
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Himself
ABU light-heavyweight champion
October 31, 2009 – July 2010
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Doudou Ngumbu
Vacant
Title last held by
Himself
WBC International light-heavyweight champion
March 26, 2011 – January 2012
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Joey Vegas
Vacant
Title last held by
Jean Pascal
NABF light-heavyweight champion
March 14, 2015 – August 2015
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Oleksandr Gvozdyk
Minor world boxing titles
Vacant
Title last held by
Peter Manfredo, Jr.
IBO super-middleweight champion
June 19, 2010 – January 2011
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Thomas Oosthuizen