THIS past July, Isaac Chilemba accomplished the rare feat of going a full twelve rounds against light heavyweight knockout artist Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev. On November 19, he will be featured on his former rival’s undercard opposite hard-hitting, fast-rising Ukrainian prospect Oleksandr Gvozdyk.
“Firstly, I thank Main Events for standing by me and for this opportunity,” said Chilemba. “I thank my manager, Jodi Solomon, for always standing by my side and believing in me. I thank HBO, my fans, and all boxing followers around the globe. Oleksandr Gvozdyk, with a good amateur back ground, who is a highly as a rated and undefeated as a pro. I’m going to work with my idol, the person I look up to most, Roy Jones Jr. This is a huge opportunity for me to train with him, learn from him, and have him in my corner. Not only is he the greatest, but he cares and has love for the game. I’m looking forward to getting back in the ring, and completing what I should have done in my fight against Kovalev, but 10 times better than ever!”
Chilemba, an eleven year pro hailing from Malawi, has been on the big stage before. He battled to a draw against Tony Bellew in March of 2013, but fell to the Brit when they fought again two months later in the rematch. A loss against unbeaten Colombian-Quebecois Eleider Alvarez and a draw against Thomas Oosthuizen also dot his resume.