Isaac Chilemba failed to defeat Sergey Kovalev through unsatisfied points (117-110, 116-111, 118- 109) and then was incapable to come home with opponent’s WBA Super, WBO and IBF world light-heavyweight titles from Russia Last night.
Chilemba’s manager Andson Kazembe has described the bout as great and 29 year old boxer tried his best at DIVS Palace of Sports in Ekaterinburg in Russia.
“Great fight. Isaac showed a heart. He managed to stand firm through 12 rounds. He had great moments, unfortunately, lost it on points’ decision,” Kazembe said.
The social media and some commentators have also described Chilemba as the better any of Kovalev’s opponents.
Chilemba’s work-rate began to drop in the seventh round as Kovalev sought to reward his loyal supporters with more to cheer about. Hope came quickly, as their hero teed his man up with a vicious left to the body and then uncorked a textbook one-two. Chilemba collapsed in stages before rising to see out the final 20 seconds of the round.
The next rounds, Chilemba was again in good form up to the round 12 which has made some media reports to believe that Malawian boxer forced Kovalev to go the distance for just the fourth time in his career by recovering from a seventh round knockdown to survive up to the 12th round, in which the judges may have been slightly harsh in their decision.
The Malawian, who has now lost two consecutive fights, missed out on World Boxing Association, International Boxing Federation (IBF) and World Boxing Organisation (WBO) belts, which Kovalev, 33, holds.