Atlantic City, NJ: Isaac “Golden Boy” Chilemba (22-2-2, 9 KOs), the 27 year old light heavyweight sensation from Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa will return to Atlantic City to face Cory “Black Ice” Cummings (17-6-1, 13 KOs) as the non-televised co-feature of the August 2nd fight between fellow Main Events’ stable mate Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (24-0-1, 22 KOs) and Blake “Il Capo” Caparello (19-0-1, 6 KOs).
Chilemba is coming off a gritty ten-round unanimous decision victory over Denis Grachev on March 15, 2010 at Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, PA. This was his second straight victory. Previously Isaac defeated Michael Gbenga in eight rounds at Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, NY on November 16, 2013. When asked about this upcoming fight with Cummings, “Golden Boy” replied, “I want to thank Main Events for this opportunity. I also want to thank my team and all my fans. Come August 2 I will be fully charged and ready to claim victory. I take all my opponents seriously as each one takes me a step closer to realizing my dream of the world title, so Cory Cummings should not for one minute think that I am coming unprepared!”
According to Isaac’s trainer, former welterweight and light welterweight world champion Buddy McGirt, “Isaac is going to be ready for Cummings. We are going to be in great shape and prepare for anything that Cummings may throw at us. A good performance will move Isaac to the next level and he will accept nothing less.” Jodi Solomon, Chilemba’s manager, added, “Isaac’s winning on August 2 will be a testament to his work ethic, determination to succeed and the incredible training he receives from Buddy McGirt, who is one of the best trainers in the game.”
Isaac will face no small challenge in Cory “Black Ice’ Cummings. Despite coming off of two straight defeats, Cummings has a dangerous knockout-to-win ratio of 76% (13 of 17). In his last fight, he faced Azea Augustama who was 16-1 heading into their match-up on June 7, 2013 in Miami, FL. Azea won a very close decision with all three judges scoring the bout 76-75. Many boxing fans believed Cummings won the bout, especially after he knocked Azea down in the first round.
When asked about his upcoming fight on August 2nd with Chilemba, Cory took a line from Mike Tyson and said only, “Everyone has a plan until they get hit.” His manager, Ron Rose, added, “Tell Isaac Chilemba to beware because there’s an ice storm that is going to hit Atlantic City on Aug 2nd, a ‘Black Ice’ storm, and there is nowhere for him to hide.”
Main Events CEO Kathy Duva said, “This fight will not be televised in the United States, so we have a really nice light heavyweight double header exclusively for the fans in attendance at Revel on August 2nd. Issac Chilemba is a piece of our plan for the division and I’m excited to see what he can do against a big puncher like Cummings.”
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 ticketmaster.com 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.