Exclusive: Chilemba vows to derail Kovalev plan, face Ward himself
Light-heavyweight contender Isaac Chilemba is feeling confident ahead of his upcoming world title challenge against divisional ruler Sergey Kovalev in Russia.
The 29 year-old from Malawi via South Africa is in a good place following an excellent camp and aims to inflict a first loss on Kovalev to scupper the Russian’s future plan to fight Andre Ward in November.
“Training was great. I just had the best preparations and haven’t had that in a long time. We went a bit old school and getting down to being myself as a fighter,” Chilemba exclusively told World Boxing News on the eve of the clash.
“I trained with Jodi Solomon for this fight as she is the one I worked with for my fights before going to America and getting an American trainer – including winning the world title. I trained with her but she always chose to stay behind scenes and have someone to take up the trainer’s role and her just remain a manager. But now since Buddy didn’t make to the camp, she had no choice but give me all I need for the fight. I won’t expose what we worked on in specific, but what I can tell you is, I’m going to outbox and out punch Kovalev.
“And since Ward is their future plan, when I’m done with him and destroy the plan, I believe will be the best option for Ward to fight rather than the guy I just defeated.
“I’m here in Russia for the victory and to make the history as firstly, I’m and will be the first African fighter to fight and win three major world titles in one night, and secondly, I’ll be the first and probably the only man to defeat the most feared man in light heavyweight division today.”