Fatuma Zarika, has raised the Country’s hopes as far as female boxing is concerned when she took home the world super Bantamweight championship (WBC).
Zarika is said to have shown great resilience and skills of a great boxer when she outclassed Catherine Phiri from Zambia to retain the WBC world super bantamweight through unanimous points decision.
Judges John Shipanuka (Zambia), Michael Neequaye (Ghana) and Steve Okumu unanimously scored in favor of Zarika who boldly said that she knew she was leading and could have still won despite bleeding persistently.
“I knew I was leading and could have still won the bout even if I bled persistently. I wanted to go full length to erase all the doubts. I thank God I managed that,” said 35-year-old Zarika who has now stretched her record to 30 wins, 12 losses and two draws.
Phiri who is 30 years old accepted defeat, saying Zarika had proved stronger and craftier. However, she called for a rematch.
The Saturday’s boxing extravaganza was promoted by American-based Bigger Than Life Entertainment owned by Ejay Mathews
The WBC is the most prestigious competition in professional boxing compared to other boxing bodies for instance World Boxing Association (WBA), World Boxing Federation (WBF), International Boxing Federation (IBF), World Boxing Organisation (WBO), World Boxing Board (WBB), International Boxing Organisation (IBO) and International Boxing Association (IBA).
Do you have a story you want told? Do you know of a sensitive story you would like us to get our hands on? Email your News tips to [email protected]