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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Chilemba to Face Grachev in March

Light heavyweight Isaac Chilemba is scheduled to face Denis Grachev on March 15 at the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. This is Chilemba's biggest fight since he faced Tony Bellew twice in 2013.

Chilemba (21-2-2, 9 KOs) followed up his controversial draw and subsequent loss to Bellew with a win over Michael Gbenga in November. Isaac is a crafty defender whose downfall can be an overly-selective offensive attack.

Grachev (13-2-1, 8 KOs), a 31 year old Russian, has a better resume than his record suggests. Three of his past four wins have come against undefeated fighters with over ten wins each. The most impressive victory came in the form of a KO against a then undefeated highly touted prospect Ismayl Sillakh. Grachev also gave former world champion Zsolt Erdei his first loss.

But Grachev has lost two of his last three bouts. Grachev's first loss came at the hands of former world champion Lucian Bute in 2012. Grachev, whose best punch is an overhand right that explodes out of a wide stance, was stopped in the first round of his last fight against Edwin Rodriguez.

The card will be televised on NBC Sports in the U.S. This bout is scheduled for ten rounds.

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