BBC Sport have produced an excellent feature piece on the Hennessy Sports promoted and Brixton cruiserweight title contender Isaac Chamberlain who tells his compelling life story as part of Black History Month.
Top reporter, journalist and producer Alex Gulrajani spent the day with Chamberlain last week as the pair discussed the boxer’s journey from the tough streets of Brixton where aged just 12 he was used by gangs to move drugs; a family tragedy that saw his cousin stabbed in the heart at only 15 was the turning point in his own life; how his mum removed him from a life of crime and took him to a boxing gym; to how he has now dedicated his life to boxing and is intent on becoming a World champion.
View the video here: The bus journey that changed boxer Chamberlain’s destiny
The piece will also be played broadcast tonight in the UK on the BBC TV News Channel at 1830.
As a 12-year-old, Chambo reveals how he was given Class A drugs to transport and had to flee from police during a stop and search. His cousin's death was such a tragedy for his family that it served as a wake up call for the youngster, who soon found solace in the boxing gym. It was within those four walls that Isaac received encouragement for the first time in his life. No teacher had ever told him he could be somebody until he stepped into the gym that constantly told him he could be a champion.
After two years out of the ring, Chamberlain returned in August and then again in September to register two quick-fire KO wins and appears next on the undercard of Hennessy Sports’ show on November 14, headlined by the British Light-Heavyweight title clash between Shakan Pitters and Craig Richards, exclusively live on Channel 5.