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Chilemba-Cummings Scouting Report Boxer vs. Puncher

Isaac Chilemba
Photo Credits:
Rich Graessle/Main Events

Atlantic City, NJ:    Isaac “Golden Boy” Chilemba (22-2-2, 9 KOs) is a prospect from South Africa with a classic boxer style.  He will take on Cory “Black Ice” Cummings (17-6-1, 13 KOs), a puncher from Baltimore, MD, on August 2, 2014 as the non-domestically televised co-feature on the Kovalev-Caparello card at Revel Casino Hotel.  Below is the scouting report for this light heavyweight showdown:

Cory Cummings
Photo Courtesy of: Ron Rose


Isaac “Golden Boy” Chilemba

Cory “Black Ice” Cummings





22-2-2 (9 KOs)

17-6-1 (13 KOs)

Strength Chilemba’s strength is his boxing ability. Cummings has good punching power in both hands and is a very good inside fighter.
Weakness Isaac does not have much power. Cory has been inactive. He only competed once in the past three years. He tends to get sloppy as the fight goes into the later rounds.
Experience Chilemba has been in the ring with top competitors.   He has been down and has come back to win. Cummings is a veteran with over 11 years’ experience.   Four of his six career defeats came against former world champions and title challengers.
Power If Chilemba puts his punches together, the power can come. Cory brings good power in both hands. In his last bout, he knocked down his opponent (Azea Augustama) in the first round.
Speed Speed advantage goes to Chilemba.   His boxing skills allow him to be very quick on his feet. Cummings has average speed.
Endurance The edge goes to Chilemba because he has fought 12 rounds eight times. Cummings has gone 12 rounds once and 10 rounds on five different occasions.
Accuracy Chilemba puts punches together with lots of combinations and will mix it up. Cory is more of a puncher than a boxer. If he can keep the fight at a close distance, then he will have the advantage here.
Defense Chilemba has better defense than Cummings. Cummings is more of an offensive-minded fighter.
Chin Chilemba was down against Maxim Vlasov and came back to win the fight. Cummings has a solid chin. He has never been stopped.
Style Chilemba is a boxer. Cummings is more of a brawler.


The Match-Up
  1. Will Chilemba be able to take Cummings’ power?
  2. Will Cummings be able to deal with Chilemba’s boxing skills?
  3. Will Chilemba be looking past Cummings?
  4. Will Cummings capitalize on Chilemba looking past him and use his power to his advantage?

This is the boxer versus the puncher. The fight will come down to whether the puncher takes away the boxer’s style or the boxer takes away the puncher’s style.   Also, appearing on a Kovalev undercard means they will both have an opportunity to showcase their talents under a spotlight. Look for both of them to try to make a statement and showcase what they can do.


 Main Events’ CEO Kathy Duva said, “We signed Isaac Chilemba with a plan in mind for him in the light heavyweight division.  Seeing how he does against a brawler like Cory Cummings is the next step.  I’m sure Cummings will try to upset our plans, so the fans in attendance at Revel on Saturday are in for another great light heavyweight fight.”

About Kovalev vs. Caparello:

The WBO Light Heavyweight World Championship between Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev, (24-0-1, 22 KOs) and Blake “Il Capo” Caparello (19-0-1, 6 KOs) is on Saturday, August 2nd at Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic, City, NJ.  The fight will be telecast as part of a split-site triple-header on HBO Boxing After Dark beginning at 9:45 PM ET/PT.  The event is presented by Main Events in association with DiBella Entertainment.  Tickets prices are $55, $80, $160 and $250.  They are available at or 800-745-3000.  Doors open at 6:30 PM and the HBO Boxing After Dark special triple header split site telecast begins at 9:45 PM.

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