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Debutant Watch: Isaac Chamberlain

By Jon Briggs: The latest edition of Debutant Watch features a hot Cruiserweight prospect from Brixton, London. Isaac Chamberlain is making the transition into the paid ranks at the age of 20 with the support of MGM Marbella and has recently signed a promotional contract with Matchroom Boxing.


Isaac has just returned from the USA where he has been sparring Deontay Wilder in preparation for his WBC heavyweight title tilt against Bermane Stiverne. Isaac has now jetted off to Marbella to put the finishing touches to his first professional training camp.


Isaac, who fights out of Miguel’s gym in Brixton under the tutelage of coach, Uncle and don’t forget former European light-welterweight champion Ted Bami makes his debut on Matchrooms’ 31st January fight card at London’s O2 Arena in a four round contest against a yet to be named opponent.


What made you want to start boxing?


“When I was young I had quite low self-esteem and didn’t believe in myself. I got picked on at school and went to the boxing gym to learn how to fight. The coaches used to encourage me and tell me I could be a champion and I have never had that encouragement before, it felt good so I kept going back to the gym.


“I started at the gym when I was 12 years old and I saw many people come and go from the gym but I never gave up then before I knew it I was winning national titles.”


Did you have a boxing idol when you were younger?


“I liked Shane Mosely. Donald Curry was probably my favorite fighter, he had a super sharp jab.”


Did you do much amateur boxing?


“I had 28 fights and only lost 2. I won a Haringey box cup final. I also won the Junior ABA’s along with the under 20 ABA’s, which is like a tournament for boxers with under 20 fights.”


How do you know the time is right to turn pro?


“To be honest I could have done lots more as an amateur but I was really struggling to get fights and sometimes could go five months without a fight. I was finding it hard to keep motivated just training without a fight lined up. I had a lot of people advising me to turn professional as I had a professional style and had been sparring with Anthony Joshua.


“At this stage of my career I am listening to the advice given to me from people within boxing and it’s up to Matchroom to build me up after my debut.”


Do you see a difference in the pro and amateur codes?


“The professional game is a lot more serious so you have to use your mind a lot more. It’s also about getting paid as a professional.”


Do you work full-time alongside boxing?


“I box full time. The MGM Marbella team sponsor me so I can concentrate on boxing 100%.”


What sort of fighting style do you have?


“My style will depend on the person in front of me, I will adapt my style when needed. I am certainly not a one trick pony. I will trust my team to come up with the right tactics in a fight and I will follow their instructions.”


What ambitions/expectations do you have for your pro career?


“I want to win a world title. I am going to work so hard to become the best I can be. You can have all the talent but if you don’t put the work in you wont get anywhere."


January 13, 2015

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