Chilemba eyes September return, talks Stevenson v Cloud/Bellew and hit-list
Former world champion Isaac Chilemba is hopeful of returning to action this coming September as the skilled Malawian bids to put his recent loss to Briton Tony Bellew firmly behind him.
Chilemba, 26, firstly drew with Liverpudlian Bellew before losing out in the rematch – both on UK soil, and looks set to put a forgettable twelve months in the past with a fight on familiar territory in the United States.
“Right now it will probably be September,” Chilemba told World Boxing News when quizzed on his comeback.
“I just had a meeting with my manager Jodi Solomon and she is working on fight that will put us back on the spot in the rankings. We are just waiting for Lou DiBella to confirm the show in America to know exactly where it will be.”
The former IBO super-middleweight champion lost out on a shot at surprise WBC title holder Adonis Stevenson when suffering his points loss in London last May, with ex-IBF king Tavoris Cloud then leapfrogging Bellew for a first shot at the fighter nicknamed ‘Superman.’
As far as Chilemba is concerned, Cloud holds a distinctly better chance than Bellew of dethroning the heavy-hitting Canadian when they meet later this year, with the ‘Golden Boy’ seeing the winner of that fight also handling his former foe without many problems.
“Looking at Cloud’s previous performance, I think Stevenson has got a chance to win that and I think he will defeat Bellew too.
“I’m just not totally sure of the Stevenson v Cloud outcome because Tavoris can hit and it maybe a case of who gets the big shots off first.
“If Cloud wins, I would love to face him, but Chad Dawson, Zsolt Erdei and Bernard Hopkins also interest me once I get back winning.
“I know I have still got it; I will be a world champion again and complete my goal to be the world’s greatest,” Chilemba added.