Malawian light heavyweight boxer Isaac Chilemba, who is based in South Africa, has signed a new promotional contract with US firm Main Events.
This follows the boxers severing of ties with Dibella Entertainment.
Main Events announced that they had signed an exclusive promotional contract with the boxer and that would fight Ghanaian boxer Michael The Amazing Gbenga on November 16.
Chilemba, 20-2-2, 9 Kos, said he was ready to re-launch his career after his May 25 defeat to British boxer Tonny Bellew.
“I am pleased to be with Main Events and I look forward to getting back in the ring. Everything happens for a reason,” he said.
Chilemba and Bellew first drew in March in a tightly contested bout in which both boxers claimed they had won.
But the Briton outclassed Chilemba in the rematch at the 02 Arena on May 25.
Chilemba has never fought since then and the bout against Gbenga is a chance to come back into the limelight.
Its also a chance for the boxer to prove he deserves the contract he has signed with Main Events.
Chilemba holds victories over perennial contender Edison Miranda (W10), then-undefeated Maxim Vlassov (W10), and dangerous trial horse Rayco Saunders (W8), all in the United States.
In his last two bouts, Chilemba went 24 rounds in the UK with Liverpool Bomber Tony Bellew (D12, L12), in bouts for the WBC Silver light heavyweight title.
“Isaac’s most impressive fights occurred during times when he was very active.
We believe that the combination of activity and the exposure he will receive fighting on the NBC Sports Network will create the right environment to bring out his full potential.
“We are excited to work with him and his manager, our long time friend, Damian Ramirez,” Main Events said on their website.
Chilemba made his professional debut in Gauteng, South Africa on 19 October 2005 defeating Thamsanga Tindleni in the 2nd round of a 4 round contest.
He compiled a run of eight successive victories before dropping a points decision to Willbeforce Shihepo on 5 July 2007 at the Emperor’s Palace in Gauteng.
The reverse to Shihepo was immediately rectified in his next fight, again in Gauteng, on 21 November 2007 defeating Shihepo on points over six rounds.
Two more fights followed in 2008 resulting in wins over David Basajjamivule and Chamunorowa Gonorenda before Chilembe got the opportunity to fight for the African Boxing Unions super middleweight championship on 13 September 2008.
The fight for the title once again took place at the Emperor’s Palace and pitched Chilemba against the experienced former Commonwealth champion Charles Adamu with Chilemba winning the fight with a 12 round decision to lift the title.