Malawi’s South Africa based light-heavyweight boxer Isaac Chilemba will leave on Monday for Florida, US to prepare for the forthcoming title bout against Russian opponent Denis Grachev on March 15.
The Golden Boy’s switch to US is in a bid to intensify preparations after sparring with World Boxing Federation cruiserweight champion Danie Venter in South Africa.
“Sparring with WBF World Cruiserweight Champion, Danie Venter. Last pre champ work. Leaving on Monday for training camp in Florida,” states a post on his Facebook page on Saturday.
The Malawian is second in the world by World Boxing Council (WBC) rankings higher than the Russian who has fallen from fourth last month to seventh.
But Grachev poses a threat to the Golden Boys’ long awaited title shot with his impressive record.
The 31-year-old opponent boats 15 fights with a record of 13 wins, 8 knockouts, one loss and one draw against Chilemba’s 25 fights with 21 wins, 9 knockouts, two losses and two draws.
Andson Kazembe, Chilemba’s long-time trainer confirmed that he would leave on Monday.
“He will leave on Monday but more details about the fight and his opponent later,” Kazembe, who is also based in South Africa, said.