Matthew Chanda: My performance against Duke Micah proved I can mix it with the best
PUBLISHED: 14:00 21 November 2016
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Kilburn’s Matthew Chanda believes his performance against Duke Micah proves he can mix it with the best, despite his defeat to the Ghanian on a split decision in Saturday’s Commonwealth bantamweight title fight.
Chanda, who dropped a weight for the clash at York Hall, says he took away plenty of positives from the outing, which was arguably his best as a professional.
He told the Times: “My performance against Duke shows I can mix it with the best. He had an excellent amateur record and fought at the Olympics four years ago – he’s a very strong opponent, so it’s done a lot for my resumé.
“At the time I thought I had done enough to get the win, but I have to accept the judges’ decision – I’m at peace with it now. I was perhaps a bit too cautious early on in the fight and that meant Duke took advantage and claimed the first couple of rounds.
“I didn’t go into the fight intimidated or anything like that, but I knew he had a strong punch there, as prior to fighting me he had knocked out 17 of the 18 opponents he had faced.
“I thought I bossed the middle rounds of the fight and was well in the ascendancy. I sensed he was tiring and I then came on to him and got more punches on board.
“I’m not too disheartened. It’s only the eighth professional fight of my career and I was up against someone with vast amounts of experience. He knew how to affect me at certain points in the fight, so fair play to him.”
Chanda is confident his reputation has been enhanced significantly in the aftermath of a fight where he feels he had nothing to lose.
He added: “I believe that I’m world-class and have shown that at many times in my career to date.
“Duke said he was going to do this and that to me and knock me out, but that never happened. I stuck to my game plan and unfortunately came out on the wrong end of a split decision.
I went into the fight with nothing to lose, and that’s the mentality I had throughout it too.”
Chanda continued: “I think if we had a rematch he (Micah) would show a little bit more respect as he kept talking a lot about this and that before the fight.
“Duke can go and start looking for world title fights though to be honest, rather than looking at defending it against me, so I’m not sure if that rematch would happen.
“But if Duke vacates I could be mandatory for the Commonwealth again. I’ve got options and this fight has still pushed me up the rankings, so all in all it’s been another rewarding experience for me.
“I need to structure my fights in terms of adjusting to when my opponent switches his tactics. I need to be more aware of what my body is doing, and I think that will come with experience.
“My promoter (Steve Goodwin) thinks I’m at the right weight and wants me to push for a British title – he says I’m too good for the Southern Area division.
“I haven’t seen much of my family so it’s good to spent some time with them. I’m looking forward to the future though, and by March I’ll have another date fixed up.”
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