UNDER THE RADAR with ISAAC CHAMBERLAIN

Isaac Chamberlain (3-0) is one of Matchroom Boxing’s brightest talents. The six foot two cruiserweight is destined for the top of the sport, with power, speed and agility in abundance.

With arena experience on two occasions in his short career, he has already gained vital experience and will surely be challenging for titles very soon. The Brixton man has all the attributes to go all the way in the game and it’s only a matter of time before we see him in some big fights.

So far in his career, Chamberlain has had three points victories from his three fights. He has shared the ring with some experienced boxers and has shown a wide range of abilities in the fights that he has had. Coming off a strong amateur career, we are yet to see the very best of Chamberlain.

Isaac Chamberlain

Isaac spoke to InstantBoxing.com, and here is what he had to say: 

How do you assess your professional career so far?

It’s been very well publicised so far being with Matchroom and everything. I’m working with Sky Sports as well doing lots of stuff and it has gotten off to a good start. I haven’t been fighting journeymen, I’ve been fighting fighters who have come to win. Most other prospects are fighting guys with three wins and forty losses who just come for a pay day, but I’m having good learning fights which makes me motivated in the gym. I am always going into the ring with the mentality that the other guy is coming to win. My career so far has been good. I have been active and it’s going well in the gym, so I’m getting better and better with time.

How would you describe your fighting style, and what are your best attributes as a fighter?

My best attribute is probably the way I can adapt my style in fights. Sometimes I wake up and when I go to the gym I want to box like Holyfield, other times I want to box like Mayweather and other times I want to box like other boxers. I used to do that when I was a kid and that helps me a lot because I can adapt and win against any style. When my opponent brings a new style that I haven’t seen before I can adapt straight away. I think that’s a good thing that I have. Sometimes the rounds are really close and you need to be able to turn it on so my style helps me with that.

Do you think your style suits the professional ranks?

Yes definitely. I think I am an all round fighter. I don’t think my style suits four to six rounds, I think it suits the later rounds. Since I was young as an amateur, I was always trained as a professional and even though I am learning as a pro now, I have a lot experience from my amateur days.

You’ve boxed at the 02 Arena in London and the First Direct Arena in Leeds in your career so far, how did that experience help you?

I have gained the experience of boxing in big arenas in front of lots of people so that as a fighter you kind of get used to it. I think Eddie and Barry (Hearn) think I can go all the way to the top and become a box office hit. They believe that getting me used to the big crowds early I won’t be so nervous coming out in front of thousands of people. It also helps that I have travelled around and I haven’t just fought in London, I have fought in Leeds as well. Leeds was absolutely crazy with the crowd, they are absolutely nuts! It was a good experience fighting in another city and staying in the hotels and stuff, it was a good experience for me.

You sparred with Deontay Wilder before your pro debut, how vital was that experience for you?

It was really good. To spar with the world heavyweight champion was a great experience. I think they underestimated me a bit and I got a bonus as well because I did so well. I learnt so much from that camp, I could see how a true champion trains in camp and we talked all the time about how to do everything right. It was like a family in camp.

Isaac Chamberlain

I spoke to Jose Lopes a few weeks ago and it was made clear on Twitter that you two have had a bit of a disagreement, what happened?

Basically we were supposed to fight on his home show as an amateur. It was in Dagenham and I live in Brixton so we had to drive all the way there and it took hours. We saw each other, we weighed in, we saw the doctors, we ate our food. I started to warm up with my hood up listening to music. Every few minutes I saw him going to the toilet because the toilet was in our changing room. In the amateurs when you win a national title you get badges to put on your shorts. I had loads of them and I don’t know if he saw them or got intimidated or something.

We had started to warm up properly now and in your home show, you can send junior boxers to see how the other fighter is warming up. I think that is what happened because when we were on the pads I was firing full blast. I was looking red hot and I knew I was going to stop him. About five minutes before we were supposed to go out his coach came into our changing room and said “Listen I’m so so sorry, he said he has the flu. I’m so sorry that you have had to travel all this way and he won’t box for this club again.” I was gutted at the time because I had come all that way to fight.

His coach gave me thirty pounds for coming to the show and I thought it was all very weird. If he had something wrong with him then he would have stayed at home but he didn’t. I know there was nothing wrong with him. His coach told me that he had flu and then on twitter he said that he had damaged his hand so I don’t know which one it is, he needs to make up his mind. He better just keep winning and keep fighting bums. Then hopefully I can beat him up for money, it would be an easy fight.

Do you think that fight will happen in the future? 

Lets just hope he keeps winning because he is having trouble with journeymen. Someone showed me some highlights from his last fight and if you’re having trouble with them kind of guys, there is no point coming my way. We will just have to wait and see if that fight happens or not. If he has the balls to fight then we can fight, definitely.

Whose the best fighter you’ve faced so far in your career?

Probably a guy called Martyn Grainger, my last fight.  He was a former international masters champion. People said he beat Wadi Camacho and he has a winning record. He came to win and he has fought some good fighters, he fought David Graf and David Price so he’s a good fighter. He definitely came to win and it brought out the best that I can offer. We didn’t have time to warm up in the changing rooms because the two fights before me were first round stoppages so I had to warm up in the first round, but it was a good experience for me. I’m glad it happened though because I had to overcome adversity to get the win and that is exactly what I did.

What’s the highlight of your career so far?

Probably sparring with Deontay [Wilder]. Everyone was surprised by it. I have sparred with Dillian Whyte and Anthony Joshua as well, I really don’t know who will win that fight by the way. There will definitely be more highlights to come in the future though.

What’s the dream for you as a professional boxer?

Titles. Definitely the WBC world title. I always imagine it every day before and after training. I visualise it every day. All the training that will lead up to winning the world title. Just to hear those words ‘and the New!’.

Where do you see yourself in a years time?

British champion. Either British champion or an international title. Ovill Mckenzie has just vacated it so the opportunity has opened up for me. A lot of cruiserweights just look for power but I am a lot smarter than most fighters. I just want to be outsmarting these guys. What happens when you come across a guy that can keep taking your punches and keep moving forward. I just want to keep moving forward and to become an elite world level fighter.

By Luke Madeira, follow Luke on twitter @lukemadeira15

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Luke Madeira currently writes for InstantBoxing.com and is the creator and author of the series 'Under the Radar' which focuses on up and coming British prospects that may not be getting the media attention their talent so richly deserves. Contact Luke on Twitter: @lukemadeira15