Isaac "Golden Boy" Chilemba (24-2-2, 10 KOs) was faced with a difficult decision regarding his future in the light heavyweight division. He received offers from two major sanctioning organizations to fight for mandatory positions. The first offer came from the IBF against Artur Beterbiev and the other from the WBC against Andrzej Fonfara. Although Fonfara may be unavailable to participate, Chilemba, the 28 year-old from Malawi, decided to stick with his plan to pursue WBC Light Heavyweight Champion Adonis Stevenson and forego the IBF offer.
A grateful Chilemba said, "I'm very happy and glad that I finally got the chance that will lead to challenging Stevenson for his WBC belt. I'm more than ready for this opportunity. This is my second chance and I won't let it go by as I did against Bellew two years ago. It took me a long time to get back to my spot and this time I'll get my dream as I'm well prepared both mentally and physically. I thank God for this second chance because not a lot of people get that opportunity. I also thank my team, Jodi Solomon, my manager, who has stood by me through the ups and downs, Buddy McGirt, my trainer, for all the knowledge I am gaining from him and Main Events for taking me on and giving me the chance to prove myself."