Celebrated South Africa-based boxer Isaac ‘Golden Boy’ Chilemba is preparing for life after boxing by enrolling for higher education.
The 33-year-old former International Boxing Organisation (IBO) super middleweight world champion said he is studying astrophysics online.
According to thesaurus.com, astrophysics is a branch of space science that applies the laws of physics and chemistry to explain the birth, life and death of stars, planets, galaxies, nebulae and other objects in the universe.
Said the former world champion from Johannesburg yesterday: “After boxing, I would love to be an astrophysicist. So, I am studying to improve my mathematics having applied for astrophysics course at Wits University.
“They need me to take a physical test because even though my high school certificate is good, I did it online with an American accredited high school called Penn Foster, but they want to ensure that I have good knowledge ofmaths and physics.”
On whether this is a hint at a pending retirement, Chilemba said: “I don’t know, I will see how my career will be like in the next year or two.
“But the course would take me at least 10 years.”
Chilemba, who held the IBO world title from 2010 to 2011, and challenged for the WBA (undisputed), IBF and WBO light-heavyweight titles in 2016, boasts 26 wins (10 TKOs), seven losses (one TKO) and two draws.
His last fight was against Russian Alexander Kubich in December last year which he won on a unanimous points decision.
Chilemba was scheduled to face Fedor Chudinov from Russia on March 21 in Russia but it was postponed indefinitely by due to the coronavirus pandemic.