ALEX NJOVU, Lusaka
THE Women International Boxing Association (WIBA) and World International Boxing Federation (WIBF) have ordered for a rematch between Esther Phiri and Sandra Almeida of South Africa.
The welterweight unification fight at Government Complex in Lusaka on May 23 ended in a technical draw in the third round after the South African sustained a deep cut above the right eye.
The rematch is billed for September 12 at Mulungushi International Conference Centre in Lusaka.
Exodus Boxing Stables director Anthony Mwamba said at a press briefing yesterday that Esther will go into residential camp at Best Western Plus Lusaka Grand Hotel on August 12.
The budget is K700,000.
â€œThis is a world title. The champion, Chavelli Habake of United States of America, has vacated the title. We have already sent the contract to Almeida for signing. It is going to be a huge tournament. We have three organisations which include WIBA, WIBF and Africa Boxing Union, this is why the budget has increased from K650,000 to K700,000,â€ Mwamba said.
He said WIBA has appointed Thiotheas Haikonda from Namibia to be referee.
And Esther thanked Zambians for their continued support.
â€œI appreciate the support that I get from my fans. I will train hard and I will put up a good fight. I was not happy with the last fightâ€™s result. The decision was wrong. Some fans were in support of the decision of the judges but that was a wrong decision.
â€œFans must support me, I have passed through hell, a lot of young girls look up to me and I will work hard for the re-match,â€ Esther said.
Best Western Plus Lusaka Grand Hotel managing director Hans Heuer said his organisation had contributed K150,000 towards the fight.
Exodus Boxing Stables finance director Jonathan Chilonda saluted the hotel for the gesture.
ALEX NJOVU, Lusaka