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Accra-based Nigerian lightweight Joshua Oluwaseun Wahab loses WBC Silver Lightweight title bout

"The Wealth Machine" was knocked out in the first round of the bout, suffering only his second professional loss in his ten-year career

Accra-based Nigerian lightweight Joshua Oluwaseun Wahab, known as “The Wealth Machine,” suffered a knockout defeat to British fighter Mark “Thunder” Chamberlain on Saturday (18 May), at the Kingdom Arena in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

The bout, part of the historic Oleksandr Usyk vs. Tyson Fury “Ring of Fire” undercard, was for the vacant WBC Silver Lightweight title.

The fight began tentatively as Chamberlain and Wahab sized each other up. Wahab adopted a defensive strategy, aiming to protect himself against Chamberlain’s known power.

He focused on body shots, attempting to wear down Chamberlain. As the round progressed, Chamberlain analysed his opponent’s movements and style.

With just one minute remaining in Round One, the decisive moment unfolded. Chamberlain cornered Wahab, who tried to manoeuvre away but was caught off-guard by a powerful left hand from Chamberlain. This initial blow staggered Wahab noticeably.

Despite beating the count, Wahab was visibly shaken and struggled to defend against an aggressive onslaught from Chamberlain. These follow-up attacks culminated in a knockout. This confirmed Chamberlain’s victory early in the match.

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Mark Chamberlain with the WBC Silver Lightweight title after defeating Accra-based Nigerian lightweight Joshua Oluwaseun Wahab

In a post-fight Facebook statement, Wahab apologised and thanked his fans for their support, promising to return stronger. “I got caught with a clean shot, which I didn’t really recover from before the final knockdown but I’m a fighter with a lion heart and I know with your continuous support I will bounce back stronger.”

Wahab also congratulated Chamberlain on his victory and expressed gratitude to his promoter, DiBella Entertainment, for the opportunity. “To my opponent, Mark Chamberlain, congratulations. I wish you all the best. To my promoter, DiBella Entertainment, thank you for this opportunity. I am forever grateful.”

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