November 18, 2016
November 18, 2016
isaac chilemba

Stacey Verbeek

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LIGHT-HEAVYWEIGHT contender Isaac Chilemba insists he has improved as a fighter since teaming up with living legend Roy Jones Jnr.

The 29-year-old was outpointed by Sergey Kovalev in July and will fight the highly-touted Oleksandr Gvozdyk on the undercard of Kovalev’s monster clash with Andre Ward this weekend.

He has since started training with Jones Jnr – who still hasn’t retired from boxing himself – and believes he will thrive.

“I will do whatever it takes to win,” he said.

“Roy Jones Jnr and me make a great team. Roy is a champion and I want to become champion. I watched Roy fight when I was younger. When I started boxing I tried to fight like Roy. I have really enjoyed working with him and I am really looking forward to the fight.

“Camp was great. I had a really good time training with Roy. We worked on a lot of new things. I am stronger now.”

Unbeaten Gvozdyk has an imperious knockout ratio and has looked impressive during his relatively short professional career, but Chilemba remains unfazed.

“If you are asking about power, you are asking the wrong person. Power doesn’t bother me. When I go into the fight I don’t think about how much power my opponent has. I might get hit but I don’t take a minute to think about how strong my opponent is.”