golden shot for chilembe

Bongani Magasela

Bongani Magasela

Isaac "Golden Boy" Chilembe will fight Charles Adamu for the All Africa super middleweight title at Emperors Palace on September 13.

Malawian Chilembe takes on Ghanaian Adamu as part of Golden Gloves Promotion (GGP's) bill where International Boxing Federation (IBF) junior lightweight titleholder Cassius "Shy Guy"' Baloyi will make his first title defence against Javier Alvarez.

Chilembe is based in Gauteng under Nick Durandt while "The Crusader" Adamu, the former Commonwealth super middleweight champion, is based at home in Ghana.

Adamu, who turns 31 on Tuesday, has 12 knockout wins from 15 victories against three defeats.

He won the Commonwealth belt in 2003 from Matthew Barney at the York Hall, Bethnal Green in the UK.

That was the same venue where the enigmatic Tshifhiwa "Atomic Spider" Munyai broke the hearts of Britons on June 29 2006 by destroying their rising star Martin Powers in nine rounds for the Commonwealth bantamweight title.

Adamu lost the belt to Carl Froch in 2004.

In his last fight in March, he outpointed Michael Gbenga over 12 rounds for the Commonwealth middleweight title eliminator.

Rodney Berman, who will present Adamu to the South African fight public on September 13, described him as a tremendous fighter.

Adamu will up against a hot prospect in Chilembe, 20, who is steadily developing himself into a fine pugilist who can mix it and also take a good punch.

Having turned professional here in 2005, Chilembe has fashioned 11 victories against a points defeat over six rounds against Namibian Wilberforce Shihepo last July.

Chilembe avenged that defeat three months later by punishing Shihepo severely before outpointing him over the same number or rounds at Emperors Palace.

Last month at the same Palace of Dreams in Ekurhuleni Chilembe poleaxed Chamunorwa Gonorenda in the fourth round.

The Zimbabwean hit the canvass with his head before the body followed.

That was Chilembe's eighth short route win.

Meanwhile, GGP fight publicist Terry Pettifer hinted that International Boxing organisation (IBO) president Ed Levine could rule an immediate rematch between newly crowned IBO junior lightweight champion Billy Dib and Zolani Marali.

Marali, who is from Mdantsane, was robbed in their fight in Australia last Thursday.