Boxing Sport

Catherine tastes defeat

DIANA MUTAKAFIMBO, Lusaka
ZAMBIA’s sensation Catherine Phiri is not disappointed with Saturday’s defeat to Irish Christina McMahon in the World Boxing Council (WBC) interim bantamweight gold title fight.
And Catherine has hinted at a possible rematch with the 40-year-old former kick-boxer.
Catherine suffered the first defeat on Saturday night after 10 victories in the professional ranks.
The judges scored 95-95, 94-97 and 95-97.
“I knew that in this sport there is a win and a loss. As a boxer you expect both and it is normal to lose at home. There is time for everything and I think time has come for me to lose. I accept defeat and I am not disappointed. If possible I would want a rematch,” the 22-year-old said in an interview after the fight.
McMahon now boast of seven wins, while Catherine has 10 wins and one loss.
McMahon showed resilience throughout the fight – won rounds five, seven, nine and 10 and maintained her tactical discipline.
She was, however, given a good run especially in the first four rounds that nearly resulted in a technical knockout as Catherine took turns with her killer blows and swiftly ducked McMahon’s punches.
McMahon admitted Catherine is a tough boxer.
“I rate her very highly. I think she is an extremely good boxer. There was no loser in that ring. The last few rounds were good for me but before that it was very close. My coach wouldn’t let me give up…it was every round every punch. I knew it wasn’t over until it was over,” she said.
And Catherine’s coach Mike Zulu is not bitter with his boxers defeat.
“This is not the end, something big is coming. Christina came up with wild punches. But I am not bitter. It is homework for us and we are going back to the drawing board,” he said.
Earlier Charles Manyuchi delivered a master class when he knocked out Tanzanian Ibrahim Class in 57 seconds during their welterweight non-title main supporting bout.
Other supporting bouts saw Alfred Muwowo knock out Malawian Tinthani Kamanga in the fourth round and Congolese Mbiya Nkanku, outpointed another Malawian Salim Chazama.
Lorita Muziyo knocked out Enelese Kwantu from Malawi while Gibbon Kamota lost to Philemon Hara on unanimous points.

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