First SA Female to Manage a World Champion - by Pete Moscardi
When Isaac “Golden Boy” Chilemba won the IBO supermiddleweight title by unanimously outpointing the hard-hitting Australian, Michael Bolling, at Emperor’s Palace recently he indirectly, by his victory, created a new chapter in South African boxing history. For it was his win over Bolling, and the acquisition of the title, which instantly made his glamorous manager, Jodi Solomon, the first South African female to manage a world champion. This unexpected but greatly celebrated happening occurred by default, as opposed to any planned strategy. Isaac had been contracted to defend his WBC International lightheavyweight title against Rupert van Aswegan on the mammoth Golden Gloves bill. But Rupert decided to retire shortly before this bout was due to take place and Isaac was left with the prospect of meeting David Kitooke in a non-title fight – a fighter over whom he already held two victories.
“The events of that tournament were bizarre,” Jodi says. “Tommy Oosthuizen was down to fight Michael Bolling for the vacant IBO super-middleweight title but an untimely motor accident ruled him out of the fight. Isaac was asked to step in at less than two weeks notice and we jumped at the opportunity.
“In spite of the fact that he had to drop a weight division, he took care of the business and ran out a unanimous winner and the new world champion” Jodi said with pride, she also thanked Isaac’s sponsor Superbet for their valued support. This attractive 36-year-old boxing personality now goes down in boxing history – a fact which must make her feel very proud. But the pride in the achievements of her new champion is equally inspiring – and now Jodi looks forward to the daunting task of getting Isaac through his next hurdle – a defence of his title against Tommy Oosthuizen in November.