Nigeria’s Mathew Obinna (22-0-0-22KO) is set to face Malawi’s Isaac Chilemba (27-9-3-11KO) for the vacant Universal Boxing Organisation world light heavyweight title.
The Lagos-born 35-year-old pugilist will be in hostile territory as his clash with Chilemba holds at the Bingu National Stadium, Lilongwe in Malawi September 30.
Mathew was last in the ring September 24, 2022, when he secured a Technical Knockout victory over Joe John in the second round of their bout at the Brai Ayanote Boxing Gym inside the National Stadium, Lagos.
Unquestionably the biggest boxing event in the East African country’s history, a huge crowd is expected for what will be an unforgettable and highly anticipated clash between KO specialist Mathew and the former IBO world champion Chilemba.
Based in South Africa, Chilemba will be fighting in his home-country for the first time, having competed all over the world since turning professional at 17 in 2005.
Besides winning the IBO world title at Super Middleweight, “The Golden Boy” has also captured African Boxing Union, WBO Africa, WBC International and NABF titles at Light Heavyweight.
This will be his third attempt to become a two-division world champion, after losing decisions to Light Heavyweight titlists Sergey Kovalev (IBF, WBA, WBO) and Dmitrii Bivol (WBA) in 2016 and 2018.