Malawi’s ‘Golden Boy’ Isaac Chilemba says he will not leave it to the judges to decide in his return match with Tony Bellew on Saturday night at the O2 Arena London, saying he will go for straight win.
To be shown live on Sky Sports (UK) and Super Sport (Malawi), the winner of the second bout will earn a shot at the winner of WBC champion Chad Dawson’s clash with Adonis Stevenson on June 8.
The pair fought out a draw nine weeks ago in Liverpool in the bout the Malawian said he was unwell.
“This time I’ll make sure I won’t leave it to the judges,” said Chilemba at a news conference in London.
“I’ll either out-class him or stop him! This time you will see a new, different guy,” said the Malawian as Bellew gave out a big smile.
Bellew downplayed Chilemba’s knockout threats.
“The fact that he’s talking about knocking me out is music to my ears,” he added. “But the fact of the matter is when he gets touched for the first time like he did last time, he’s going to say ‘I’m going to box here because I don’t want to get knocked out.”
Both Bellew and Chilemba comfortably made the 12st 7lb limit at Friday’s weigh-in for the WBC light-heavyweight final eliminator.
Some Malawians attended the weigh in session and gave cheers to Chilemba.
However, tickets for the bout were sold out some two months ago as it on the undercard of Carl Froch’s world title unification fight with Mikkel Kessler.
Meanwhile, Malawi High Commission in London issued a statement on Friday calling for Malawians in UK offer their support to “a gallant son of Malawi who has done and continues to do our nation pride on the international sports and boxing arena.”
The statement made available to Nyasa Times said “Malawians are encouraged to mobilize in their localities; local pubs, sports bars “to support Chilemba.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :