South Africa-based boxing icon Isaac ‘Golden Boy’ Chilemba is set to bounce back into the ring sooner than anticipated.
Chilemba recently underwent a successful shoulder surgery in the United States and orthopaedic surgeon Keith Ruskin, who conducted the operation, estimated that he could be out for a period of not less than a year.
However, in a voice statement posted on his Facebook page on Tuesday, the 29-year-old former IBO super middleweight and WBC international lightweight champion, said he was on course to recovery.
“I should be back in [light] training in the next six weeks and, thereafter, I hope to get back to the gym and in the ring in the next few months.
“And I can’t wait. I will be back bigger and stronger,” said Chilemba who suffered a right shoulder injury during his North American Boxing Federation (Nabf) light heavyweight title bout against Ukranian Aleksandr Gyvozdyk. He was forced to retire after the eighth round in November last year.
It was his first TKO loss and his third successive defeat. Chilemba, currently boasts 24 wins (10 knockouts), five losses and two draws. n