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

Pray for me, says Catherine

CATHERINE Phiri is seeking divine intervention ahead of Saturday’s World Boxing Council (WBC) bantamweight gold title fight against Yazmin Rivas in Mexico.
Catherine said from Mexico yesterday that with God nothing is impossible.
“Put us in prayers so that everything can go well. Otherwise, we are looking forward to a positive day.  We want to make sure our Zambian flag flies higher and also bring joy to the hearts of our fans, leaders and all the people of our nation,” she said.
Coach Mike ‘Weaver’ Zulu said time is ripe for Catherine to make history.
Zulu appealed to the nation to rally behind her.
“She [Catherine] is doing light training. I have subjected her to that because she has been training for about five months. Light training is the best for her since we are remaining with few days before the fight,” he said.
Meanwhile, Oriental Quarries Boxing Promotion (OQBP) director of operations Christopher Malunga is impressed with the reception offered to them.
“We are happy with the way we were received by the Mexican promoter.
“They made sure that everything is put in place for the fight according to the international standards.
“We have been treated well from the time we arrived. We have no complaints,” Malunga said.
He is confident Catherine will beat Rivas.
“She [Catherine] is in a very good mood. We are looking forward to the fight. It is an international fora and Catherine has to show her skill to carry the Zambian flag higher.
“We are very proud…the coach has drawn up a very good programme for her and we should not expect anything less than victory. We will make sure that she puts in her best,” he said.
Catherine is the WBC silver bantamweight champion.