Boxing Sport

Catherine to fight South African

By ELIZABETH CHATUVELA
WORLD Boxing Council (WBC) silver bantamweight champion Catherine Phiri will now defend her title against South African Bukiwe Nonina.
This follows the withdrawal of her initial opponent Hee- Jung Yuh of North Korea.
Catherine will fight the 23-year-old South African bantamweight champion on November 22 at Lusaka’s Government Complex.
Nonina has a record of eight fights with six wins and two losses while Catherine has nine wins.
This is the first time Nonina will be fighting a boxer outside South Africa.
WBC international secretary for Africa Nelson Sapi, who announced Catherine’s opponent in Lusaka yesterday, said the continental body settled for Nonina, as she is a good match for Catherine.
Sapi said it’s unfortunate that Catherine’s initial opponent Yuh cited Ebola threat in Africa as the reason for pulling out of the fight.
On Sunday, Yuh’s camp announced that they will be unable to travel for the fight because of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
“As WBC we tried our best to educate the Korean camp that there are no threats of Ebola in Zambia…Even our ambassador to that country [North Korea] Mumba Kapumpa also played a part but they just chose to pull out. We respect their decision but time will catch up with them, if at all they just chickened out,” he said.
Meanwhile, DiamondAcres Hotel has offered  accommodation to Oriental Quarries Boxing Promotions (OQPB) towards the fight, which will have six supporting bouts.
Hotel assistant manager Sylvester Machayi said the gesture is part of their corporate social responsibility.

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