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Golden Boy Chilembe to Rock Graceland - by Jeff Ellis

Graceland Casino will be rocking to the sound of leather-encased action on June
13, when Golden Gloves Promotions in association with Gree-Air Conditioners
and M-Net SuperSport stage a six-bout fight feast!

With Isaac “The Golden Boy” Chilembe (12-1) heading the fight card when he takes on Kenya’s David Kitooke over 12- rounds for the vacant WBO Africa light heavyweight title, bookmakers will have their work cut out establishing the odds.

Clearly Kitooke is the far more experienced fighter but how will he cope with
the 21-year-old Chilembe’s lightning fast combinations and awesome left hook?

“Chilembe is hopefully en route to a world title fight within the next twelve months, said trainer Colin Nathan. “In fact, this kid has such an abundance of natural talent that he could arguably accelerate in terms of our pre-advanced

Don’t, however, disregard the Kenyan who’ll be facing him, because Kitooke is
a hard-as-nails combatant who’ll dig deep to win the much sought after WBO Africa belt. “I know that Chilembe is a good fighter, but so am I” said Kitooke. “And one thing I know for sure, your fighter will really have his chin tested on June 13”.

Golden Gloves Promotions CEO Rodney Berman has grand plans for the Malawiborn
Chilembe, whom he considers “a rough diamond, waiting to be polished”.

The undercard on this, Golden Gloves Promotions first ever event at Graceland Casino in Secunda, features a sparkling mix of talent, which includes some of South Africa’s most gifted young professionals.

Former Olympian Jackson Chauke will be looking to continue his winning streak
when he squares up to Sipho Nkadimene over 6 rounds in the flyweight division. A
brilliant boxer-puncher, Chauke possesses extraordinary reflexes and has already
served notice that he’s one of the leading candidates for 2009’s “Prospect of the
Year” Award.

Then there’s the timely inclusion of Grant “The Fireball” Fourie –nephew to the late, great Pierre Fourie. Unbeaten as a professional, Fourie returns to action after a fairly protracted illness and will be hoping to short-circuit the rugged Daniel Bothma during their slated 8-round lightweight contest. This contest should prove to be a fiery confrontation from the opening bell.

Junior flyweight prospect Charity Mukondeleli put up a rousing performance
when he recently swapped punches with Hekkie Budler, and has earned a
place on this bill where he’s matched against former amateur star Ronald Parks
over 4 rounds.

A trio of Golden Gloves starlets; Joey Stiglingh (featherweight) and Ashley
Dlamini (featherweight) make up the rest of the fight roster when they take on
Hendrik Makholwane and Sabelo Nokhele respectively!