South Africa -based Malawian boxer Isaac Chilemba has challenged former WBO light-heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly.
Chilemba hopes to beat the British boxer so that he qualifies for a title fight against champion Juergen Braehmer.
Cleverly and his promoter Eddie Hearn have announced their intention to secure Braehmer.
Chilemba who was also hoping to fight Braehmer, believes they should trade blows first to see who deserves to face the champion.
“I definitely would like a shot at Cleverly as he is one of the top ranked fighters and a good fighter,” Chilemba exclusively told World Boxing News.
“I think before he [cleverly] thinks of Braehmer’s WBA title he should dance with me as i was also targeting the same belt as him. The best out of us, in other words the winner deserves a title shot. Counsel. I hope he, his team and main event make this happen soon.” Boxingnews.com quoted Chilemba.
However, Cleverly seems eager to face the champion Braehmer than Chilemba.
Its time to get it on now. First and foremost, i have got to get this Braehmer fight and become world champion again,” Cleverly told skysports.com.
If the fight fails to happen, Chilemba, 28 will fight on the under card of Sergey Kovalev’s in June.
Sullivan Barrera , Andre Ward, Jean Pascal are some of options for Chilemba.
Chilemba last fought in November last year when he lost to Eleider Alvalez in Canada.
The loss means the former IBO and WBC champion has missed out a chance to challenge for a world title.