Dan Rafael: Cory Cummings

Chilemba added to Kovalev card

July, 1, 2014
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Light heavyweight contender Isaac Chilemba will square off with Cory Cummings on Aug. 2 at the Revel in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Main Events announced on Tuesday.

The fight will be the co-feature on the card headlined by light heavyweight titleholder Sergey Kovalev defending his belt against Blake Caparello.

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Rich Graessle/Main EventsLight heavyweight contender Isaac Chilemba, right, is being groomed as a future opponent for titlist Sergey Kovalev.
While Kovalev-Caparello will televised on HBO as part of a split-site tripleheader -- along with the Brandon Rios-Diego Chaves welterweight main event and junior welterweight titlist Jessie Vargas' first defense against Anton Novikov in Las Vegas, Chilemba-Cummings will not be televised in the United States, although it will be on the international broadcast.

Chilemba (22-2-2, 9 KOs), 27, of South Africa, is coming off a 10-round unanimous decision against Denis Grachev on March 15, his second win in a row since losing a title eliminator to Tony Bellew in their rematch.

"Come Aug. 2 I will be fully charged and ready to claim victory," Chilemba said. "I take all my opponents seriously as each one takes me a step closer to realizing my dream of the world title, so Cory Cummings should not for one minute think that I am coming unprepared."

Cummings (17-6-1, 13 KOs), 34, of Baltimore, is hardly a worthy opponent on paper. He is 2-6-1 in his last nine fights and has lost two fights in a row while boxing only once since 2011, a loss to badly faded former middleweight titlist William Joppy.

For Main Events, having Chilemba on the undercard makes a lot of sense. It needs to cultivate future opponents for Kovalev and by having him on his undercard it keeps them on the same schedule and also will give HBO executives a good look at him.

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