It is now official that the World Boxing Council (WBC) silver super middleweight bout between Malawi’s revered boxer Isaac ‘Golden Boy’ Chilemba and Russian Pavel Silyagin has been slated for November 5 in Moscow, Russia.
While the bout was arranged last month, organisers were yet to fix both the date and venue.
In an interview from his base in Johannesburg, South Africa yesterday, Chilemba—a former IBO super middleweight champion—said both parties signed a contract for the bout on October 15.
He said: “Initially, we were planning to have it in October, but due to other technicalities, it was pushed to November 5.
“It was Silyagin’s team which asked for a bit of more time and I have no problems with that as it gave me three extra weeks of preparations.”
The 34-year-old boxer said he has intensified preparations for the fight.
“It’s all going according to plan and I am optimistic that by the time we face off, I will be more than ready,” he said.
Chilemba last fought in February this year against WBA super middleweight champion Fedor Chudinov which ended in a draw.
He has won 26, including 10 knockouts, losing seven (one knockout) and drawn three.
On the other hand, the 28-year-old Silyagin has won all his eight bouts, four through knockouts.
Chilemba scaled lofty heights in 2010 when he became a world champion after winning the IBO super middleweight title.