Malawi’s Chilemba cherishes his knockout win in US

Malawi’s light heavyweight boxer Isaac ‘Golden Boy’ Chilemba has said he felt good and enjoyed his knockout victory against Cory Cummings in a fight that took place in the morning hours of Sunday at Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City in the United States of America.

This was Chilemba’s first knockout victory after 15 bouts and he stopped Cummings in the seventh round of their scheduled eight round bout.

“I was well prepared for the fight and I enjoyed it. I feel good. It was a good fight. He (Cummings) came out strong and took some of my best shots until he just couldn’t take anymore,” he said.

Chilemba:  First knockout win

Chilemba: First knockout win

Chilemba has been putting his capabilities under question after consistently failing to win through knockouts despite having recorded several knockouts early in his professional career.

Some analysts said that it was dangerous for the boxer not to have such killer punch which at times can give him a winning advantage over difficult opponents.

Chilemba recorded a last knockout on April 29 in 2008 when he defeated David Basajamuville on technical knockout.

The Malawian ‘Golden Boy’ this time around put all questions to rest after forcing Cumming’s corner-men to throw in a towel to prevent the boxer from suffering further punishment. Cummings handlers threw in the towel after 2 minutes and 28 seconds of the round.

Chilemba, whose record improved to 23-2- 2 including ten shortcut wins, had no trouble with an opponent who had also lost previous two fights inside the distance, and whose record dropped to 17-7-1, with 13 knockouts.

Early in the fight both fighters appeared evenly matched. Cummings is much shorter than Chilemba but the height difference did not appear to bother Black Ice.

In the fifth round Cummings connected a hard right to Chilemba’s chin. Isaac came out with a vengeance in the sixth and Cummings’ left eye was starting to swell and completely closed in the later rounds.

Finally, referee, Eric Dali, stopped the fight at 2:28 in the seventh round to give Chilemba the victory via TKO.

Chilemba’s managers, Main Events had earlier disclosed that the stable’s future plans for Malawian boxing sensation Isaac Chilemba will depend on his performance against Cummings.

“We signed Isaac Chilemba with a plan in mind for him in the light heavyweight division,” Main Events CEO Kathy Duva said.

“Seeing how he does against a brawler like Cory Cummings is the next step. I’m sure Cummings will try to upset our plans, so the fans in attendance at Revel on Saturday are in for another great light heavyweight fight.”

Chilemba said before the bout that it was a good chance for his career.

 

“This is a good chance for my career so I am coming and I am coming big. I am confident and I am quite sure I am going to win the fight. This is me and I will be here for a long time,” he said.

 

Golden Boy moved to South Africa in 2005 and turned professional at the age of 18 years. His professional career started with eight straight victories, six of which were knockouts.

 

Now, nine years later, he has only two defeats on his professional record and is rapidly rising through the ranks of the hot light heavyweight division.

 

On March 15 this year he defeated Denis Grachev via unanimous decision in a bloody 10-round battle at Sands Resort Casino.

 

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