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Catherine goes for WBC bantamweight title

CATHERINE Phiri is declared winner after defeating Bukiwe Nonina at Government Complex in Lusaka on Saturday. PICTURE: CHANDA MWENYA

CATHERINE Phiri will next year challenge for the main World Boxing Championship (WBC) bantamweight title after retaining the silver belt with a technical knockout over Bukiwe Nonina at Government Complex in Lusaka.
Catherine said in an interview on Saturday night that she is targeting the WBC women bantamweight belt held by Yazmín Rivas of Mexico.
“I am very happy to have defended my title but now I want to go for the main bantamweight title.  I am ready to face the champion,” she said.
She said Nonina was not a weak opponent despite retiring in the second round.
“She [Nonina] is a good boxer but only that I am much stronger and she couldn’t stand my punches. She knew what was at stake but she did well to retire early because she could have been punished badly,” Catherine said.
And Nonina said she had to retire because Catherine’s punches were too strong.
“She hit me badly on the left abdomen and I felt serious pain. I had to retire because it is me who was feeling the pain and no one else. I am going back to the gymnasium to train and after weighing myself maybe I can ask for a rematch. Otherwise Catherine is a good boxer who will go far,” the South African said.
Nonina’s manager James Mathonsi described Catherine as a powerful boxer.
And Charles Manyuchi also retained his WBC international welterweight title after beating David Carcese of Columbia with a technical knockout in the second round.
Carcese failed to come back into the bout after the second round and referee Thabo Sampool of South Africa declared Manyuchi winner.
Manyuchi said his focus is to challenge for the main WBC welterweight title.
Oriental Quarries Boxing Promotions director of operations Christopher Malunga said he will soon travel to the United States of America to seal deals for Catherine and Manyuchi to challenge for the main WBC title fights.
In other fights, Alfred Muwowo defeated Zimbabwe’s Anyway Katunga on split point decision in the international non-title flyweight fight while Isaiah Chilufya demolished Mbiya Nkanku of Democratic Republic of Congo with a fifth round knockout in the non-title welterweight bout.
Zambia’s Lolita Muzeya beat Monalisa Sibanda of Zimbabwe with a knockout in the fourth round of the welterweight bout while Mbombela Mukuni beat Gibson Kamota on split point decision in the non-title featherweight fight.
Minister of Youth and Sport Chishimba Kambwili is happy that Zambian boxers performed well during the tournament.

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