Boxing Sport

Catherine expecting tough fight

WORLD Boxing Council (WBC) silver bantamweight champion Catherine Phiri is expecting a tough fight from Bikiwe Nonina of South Africa.
And Southern Sun Ridgeway Hotel has donated US$3,000 (about K18,000) worth of accommodation towards the fight scheduled for Government Complex in Lusaka.
Speaking at a briefing in Lusaka yesterday, Catherine said her opponent for the November 22 title fight will not be a pushover because African boxers are tough.
“I have observed that Nonina and I have the same pose symbol of raising a right forefinger. I also know that she is good but we shall see on November 22, which of the two symbols will reign supreme,” she said.
Catherine, however, is confident of retaining the title.
Charles Manyuchi, who will be defending the WBC international welterweight   belt against David Carcese of Colombia, is also confident of victory.
“I have fought tough boxers before and this one is no exception. However, I can guarantee that I will defend the belt,” he said.
Oriental Quarries Boxing Promotions director of operations Chris Malunga said they will bid for the WBC main title should Catherine retain the belt.
Malunga said the stable will allow Catherine to fight for the title outside Zambia.
“We want to make Catherine start fighting outside Zambia starting with the WBC main belt. For me, the belt brings more honours if won away from home,” he said.
On the boxers’ purse money, Malunga said the stable has staked K263,000 for all the boxers who will fight on the bill.
He said purse money for Catherine and Manyuchi will be announced after they undergo medicals.
And Southern Sun sales and marketing manager Victoria Magnusson said they are proud to be part of the boxing promotion.
“Boxing is a good sport and we pledge our continued support. It’s a pity I will not be there to watch Catherine and others, but I can only wish them the very best,” she said.

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