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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Chilemba in Malawi, Meets President

Light heavyweight Isaac Chilemba has been in his home country of Malawi this week in order to get the necessary documentation to shift his home base from South Africa to the United States, according to the Nyasa Times. During the trip, Chilemba met the newly anointed President of Malawi, Joyce Banda. President Banda, the former Vice President, assumed the presidency when her predecessor, Bingu wa Matharika, died of a heart attack earlier this month.

Chilemba said of the meeting, "I really felt good to meet Her Excellency President Banda. She gave me encouragement and was keen to develop the sport of boxing so that Malawi can develop many international champions."

President Banda and her husband, the former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Richard Banda, are fans of Chilemba and make a habit of watching his fights.

Chilemba (19-1-1, 9 KOs) moved to South Africa in 2005. On this trip, he confirmed that he has not renounced his Malawian citizenship, despite the impending move to the U.S. Chilemba earned the biggest win of his career in February, a unanimous decision victory over Edison Miranda.

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