Boxing: Isaac Chilemba keen to punish Serge Kovalev

Isaac Chilemba vs Serge Kovalev Boxing

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Isaac Chilemba insists he wants to punish light-heavyweight champion Serge Kovalev for showing a total disrespect after booking his next fight against Andre Ward.

Chilemba is set to take on the Russian WBA Super, WBO and IBF champion on Monday in Ekaterinburg, Russia.

However, the champion has already started planning his route for the future by agreeing to take on former super-middleweight king Ward in November.

Kovalev is hoping to defend his titles against the undefeated American in Las Vegas on November 19, although both fighters must remain unbeaten in the meantime for the contract to be upheld.

The Malawi-born fighter has been left feeling angered by Kovalev’s confidence to book future defences of his belts.

Chilemba insists he is not just a stepping stone and the 29-year-old will look to make his opponent pay for such an oversight.

The “Golden Boy” is hoping to become the first African fighter to claim three titles in one night after having more fuel added to the fire.

Chilemba said: “Clearly they see me as a stepping stone and that’s total disrespect. “They are looking past me when we have not fought which means they see me as just a sparring partner. I am now going out there with more reason to beat this guy.

“I am going to teach him some manners and in the process make history by becoming the first African fighter to win three titles in one night.”

Kovalev can be backed at 1.02 to come out on top on Monday, while Chilemba is priced at 15.00 and the draw is available at 29.00.

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