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Catherine, Nonina battle for WBC belt

CATHERINE Phiri (left) and Bukiwe Nonina during weigh-in at Southern Sun Ridgeway in Lusaka yesterday. PICTURE: JEAN MANDELA.

CATHERINE Phiri will today be fighting for two things – defending the World Boxing Council (WBC) silver bantamweight belt and the K80,000 purse money.
Catherine faces Bukiwe Nonina of South Africa at Government Complex in Lusaka.
Oriental Quarries Boxing Promotions director of operations Christopher Malunga said in Lusaka yesterday that he has been compelled to disclose the purse money to avoid speculation.
Malunga said the total purse money for all the boxers is K273,000.
He said local boxers will share K112,000 while the four foreign pugilists, including WBC international welterweight champion Charles Manyuchi, will share K163,000.
Pressure will be on Phiri because she is defending the title.
The Zambian is a favourite having fought nine times without defeat while the South African, who has faced nine opponents, has been beaten twice.
In the last fight, Nonina recorded an unconvincing victory over compatriot Ngqondelana Nolubabalo, whom she defeated on unanimous points decision in Limpopo in May this year to win the bantamweight national title.
On the other hand, Phiri outclassed Pia Mazelanik from Germany, whom she knocked out in the third round to win the WBC silver bantamweight belt, which she is defending today.
“Definitely, I am going to win. I have dedicated this fight to late President Sata and there is no way I can lose,” Catherine said.
But her opponent, Nonina, said: “I am a champion and Catherine is a champion, so it is going to be an interesting fight between two champions but come Saturday [today], I will win”.
Catherine weighed 52.9kg against Bukiwe’s 52.4kg.
Nonina, who is accompanied by her father Matshibasi, may just cause an upset and become the first boxer to defeat Catherine.
In the other fight, Charles Manyuchi will also be defending his WBC welterweight international belt against David Carcese of Colombia.
Manyuchi is an entertainer in the ring but Carcese is eager to grab the belt but he needs to dig deeper to win.
Manyuchi has fought 14 times losing twice while Carcese has fought nine times and has lost three fights.
Manyuchi weighed 66.3kg while Carcese is at 66.5kg.

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