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Chilemba, Falcao sign deals

Isaac Chilemba plans to make a statement in the 175-pound division with a new promoter. DiBella Entertainment/Ed Diller

One established contender -- light heavyweight Isaac Chilemba -- signed with Main Events this week, and one Olympic bronze medal winner -- Yamaguchi Falcao -- did the same with Golden Boy Promotions.

In his two most recent bouts, both light heavyweight title eliminators, Chilemba (20-2-2, 9 KOs), 26, born in Malawi and living in South Africa, drew with England’s Tony Bellew in March and lost a unanimous decision in the May rematch.

Chilemba owns wins against Edison Miranda and Maxim Vlassov and has a draw with super middleweight contender Thomas Oosthuizen.

"I am pleased to be with Main Events and I look forward to getting back in the ring. Everything happens for a reason,” said Chilemba, who had been with promoter Lou DiBella.

Main Events promoter Kathy Duva said she would keep Chilemba busy on her NBC Sports Network “Fight Night” series.

“Isaac's most impressive fights occurred during times when he was very active. We believe that the combination of activity and the exposure he will receive fighting on the NBC Sports Network will create the right environment to bring out his full potential," Duva said.

He has no set date yet, but Duva said Chilemba would fight before the end of the year.

Falcao won a light heavyweight bronze medal for Brazil at the 2012 London Olympics and is one of his country’s most promising prospects. There has not been a top pro from Brazil since the early 2000s heyday of former lightweight and junior lightweight titlist Acelino “Popo” Freitas.

"Yamaguchi Falcao is a top-tier talent and a major signing for us," Golden Boy chief executive Richard Schaefer said. “He has the skill and charisma to become a star, and with the entire country of Brazil behind him, the sky's the limit for him."

Said Falcao, who also signed with manager Rolando Arellano, “I'm honored to be signed with Golden Boy Promotions, and I appreciate the faith they have in me. I promise to train my hardest and fight my best to one day become a world champion."

Falcao’s unusual first name comes from his father, a former MMA participant who named his son after his trainer, Yamaguchi.

Falcao’s brother, Esquiva, won a 2012 Olympic middleweight silver medal. Their medals marked the first time in 44 years that a Brazilian boxer had won an Olympic medal.