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Here at The Fight Diary we were fortunate enough to be able to have the opportunity to interview undefeated Brixton prospect and BBBoC Southern Area Cruiserweight Champion Isaac Chamberlain 6-0-0 (1ko) Thank you for giving us your time today Isaac!
What was your inspiration in becoming a professional boxer and what road would you have gone down if not for boxing?
“My inspiration was not becoming a statistic like everyone around me growing up. They would get into gangs and in trouble with the police and I didn’t want that. If I wasn’t boxing I would of been in acting or a fireman”
When starting your professional career, how did you come across Matchroom sports and was there anyone else you were considering to lead your boxing career to success?
“I came across Matchroom as my uncle was promoted by them. (Ted Bami, former EBU European Super Lightweight Champion & WBF World Super Lightweight Champion) he won the European title and became the WBC number 1 contender with Matchroom sports. I wasn’t really considering anyone else as Matchroom had the big sky platform. It felt more like I belonged with them.”
Within the Matchroom stable there is an awful lot of competition in regards to young prospects like yourself, how often in 2017 do you hope to be in the ring and is it difficult trying to get yourself out there as your part of a busy roster?
“I plan on getting out a lot in 2017 and I feel I already stand out in a busy Matchroom stable with plenty of talent because of my boxing style and excitement I bring to the ring.”
Do you feel like the added pressure on Matchroom from Boxnation’s BT sport deal will start to drive an increase of small hall shows for prospects like yourself to be given the coverage you deserve on live TV?
“The BT and Boxnation deal brings good competition for boxing to reach out to the casual boxing fans. Which means more exposure in the sport that we are in. I don’t know what will happen but I hope it’s good.”
In the future is there anyone domestically you are chasing or a certain fighter who you have some sort of rivalry with that you are chasing for a chance in the ring?
“There’s no one I’m chasing. I’m trying to be a better version of myself. If I’m at my best, no one can beat me because my will to win is so deep it burns inside me.”
What is your plan of action for 2017? With the British Cruiserweight Title currently vacant is that something you are targeting next year or do you want a few learning fights first?
“My plan for 2017 is to fight for the British title. If not, then some sort of WBC International title to take me to the top 15 in the world. It’s up to my uncle and Eddie Hearn.”
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In preparation for Deontay Wilder’s fight with Stiverne and your professional debut, how did you come across the opportunity to spar the undefeated current WBC heavyweight champion and what did you learn from that?
“I was friends with Deontay’s manager on Facebook and he messaged me out of the blue. He knew I was a really good talent and was keen on how my style would mix with Deontay’s. I learnt that I can mix it at that world level and box with the best in a heavier division than me.”
If you could pick three fights domestically next year, what would you most likely want to see?
I don’t really watch the boxers of today. I mostly watch boxers from the 80’s and 90’s. But I would like to see Dillian Whyte vs Luis Ortiz and Ohara Davies vs Josh Taylor.
If you could pick two fights worldwide next year, what would you most likely want to see?
“Anthony Joshua v Deontay Wilder and Amir Khan v Kell Brook.”
When you fought for the British Boxing Board of Control Southern Area Cruiserweight Title against Wadi Camacho, you popped your shoulder in the fight and popped it back in place in between rounds, what did you think once it had happened and what drove you to push on through to victory?
“During my fight with Wadi Camacho when my shoulder went I was thinking “Why does this have to happen to me?” then I was thinking I’ll try and hide it. But never in my mind was I thinking of quitting. Then I had to block out the pain, put it back in and soldier on. I was thinking temporary pain or a lifetime of regret and I had a choice to make. When I won I felt as if there was more to show if I didn’t dislocate my shoulder, so it made me more hungry. I was over the moon but not satisfied with my achievement as a pro so far, I wanted so much more, and to knock him out!”
We are very grateful for Isaac’s time and as ever we wish him an exciting 2017 ahead of some big fights on the horizon and we hope to see him fighting on Sky Sports very soon!