- Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer
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South African light heavyweight Isaac Chilemba will face San Diego-based Russian Denis Grachev on March 15 (NBC Sports Net) in a scheduled 10-round bout at the Sands Casino and Hotel in Bethlehem, Pa., Main Events announced on Thursday.
The fight is the co-feature on the "Fight Night" card headlined by the rescheduled heavyweight bout between Tomasz Adamek and Vyacheslav "Czar" Glazkov.
"I know he is a tough Russian fighter, he has been in the ring against some of the best fighters and defeated some of them," Chilemba (21-2-2, 9 KOs) said. "I'm looking forward to the challenge. I'll destroy anyone who dares to stand in my way."
Grachev (13-2-1, 8 KOs) owns an upset knockout of Ismayl Sillakh, gave Lucian Bute a very hard fight in a decision loss and handed former titleholder Zsolt Erdei his first defeat. But he is also coming off a first-round knockout loss against Edwin Rodriguez last July.
"Chilemba is a good boxer, but I can hit hard," Grachev said.