By Luke Furman
Light heavyweight contender Maxim Vlasov of Russia will continue the rebuilding process on July 20th at Central Square in Gelendzhik, when he faces veteran Isaac Chilemba, who is no stranger to fighting in Eastern Europe.
The fight will be a rematch of their 2011 encounter, which saw Vlasov suffer his first career defeat with a close ten round unanimous decision. That contest took place in Tusla and saw Chilemba down twice in the eight round.
Chilemba has 25 victories, two draws and six defeats, including setbacks in battles with Russians Sergey Kovalev and Dmitry Bivol, Ukrainian Oleksandr Gvozdyk, Colombian Eleider Alvarez and UK’s Tony Bellow.
Chilemba has lost four of his last five bouts, including a twelve round decision to Bivol back in August.
For the last few years, Vlasov was riding a very good streak in the cruiserweight division.
Last year he entered the World Boxing Super Series cruiserweight tournament. He was out in the first round, after losing a twelve round decision to former WBO world champion Krysztof Glowacki at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago.
After that loss, Vlasov made a decision to drop back to 175-pounds and picked up a win over Omar Garcia with a four round stoppage back in May of this year.
Luke Furman covers boxing for bokser.org