Chilemba Discusses Erdei Fight, Ward-Dawson, More

By Ryan Burton

Light heavyweight contender Isaac Chilemba (19-1-1) faces former champion Zsolt Erdei (33-0) on September 29th at the Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut in a fight televised by HBO. Chilemba, who held the IBO title in the super middleweight division, talks about the keys to coming out with a victory, his future and more in this exclusive interview. First off give us your thoughts on your upcoming fight versus Zsolt Erdei.

Isaac Chilemba: It will be my biggest fight up to date so I’m excited and grateful for being given this opportunity.  What is the key to you coming away with the victory?

Isaac Chilemba: Dedication, discipline and my desire to achieve are all at the forefront of my game plan. This is your first fight on HBO. You must be excited.  How does it feel to be fighting on a premier network?

Isaac Chilemba: It is a huge opportunity and I am not taking it lightly.  I am working ten times harder than ever to prove I have earned a rightful place on networks like HBO. Erdei is a former champion and undefeated fighter. What do you think a win over him does for your career?

Isaac Chilemba: I too am a former world champion and his unbeaten record does not intimidate me at all as he has never fought an opponent like me. A win over him will help me reach my goal of stepping into the ring as a challenger for the world title and will bring me closer to becoming the world’s greatest. If you get the win like you plan who would you like to fight in the future?

Isaac Chilemba: Any and all of the top ranked fighters in my division. You had a draw against Thomas Oosthuizen in 2010. Would you like to fight him again?

Isaac Chilemba: That is a question you should ask him. As I said I am ready to step in the ring with anyone to prove I am the world’s greatest. There is a big fight coming up a division below you between Andre Ward and Chad Dawson. Who do you think wins that fight and why?

Isaac Chilemba: I think both fighters are talented fighters however I think Ward stands a better chance of winning as he is a spoiler. Do you have a message for the fans out there?

Isaac Chilemba: I want to say thanks for all their support and I hope to keep them entertained and give them a good night of fighting come the 29th of September.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by ddangerous on 08-29-2012

[QUOTE=King-;12459686]I'm looking forward to this one. This is an important and underrated fight in the LHW division.[/QUOTE] Most definitely. Both of these guys are solid contenders whose names belong in the mix with the likes of Cloud, Pascal, Dawson, and…

Comment by King_ on 08-28-2012

I'm looking forward to this one. This is an important and underrated fight in the LHW division.

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