ORIENTAL Quarries Boxing Promotions (OQBP) manager Christopher Malunga says his boxer Catherine Phiri wants to fight in a hostile environment.
Speaking when 711 Store Limited of Lusaka donated US$500 towards her purse offer negotiations slated for next Tuesday, Malunga said it would be nice for Catherine to fight outside the country.
He told a media briefing in Lusaka yesterday that it was high time Catherine started fighting in hostile environments.
“Boxers should be ready to face hostile environment and that is what we would like Catherine to face this year,” he said.
Malunga however said that his stable had no control over Catherine’s next fight against Mexican Jessica Gonzalez because it was being handled by the World Boxing Council.
711 proprietor Mukubesa Zimba said his company decided to donate towards Catherine’s purse money because the firm believed that she could win the next fight.
“We decided to donate 500 dollars (K3, 500) because this coming fight will be big for Catherine and the nation at large,” he said.
Zimba said the firm would further provide full sponsorship for two Zambian sports journalists to cover Catherine’s fight should it be hosted in Mexico.
On Wednesday, WBC set February 24 as the date for conducting negotiations for a purse offer to Catherine and Gonzalez for the interim world title fight.
The two camps were given time to negotiate the purse money but could not reach an agreement before the deadline, forcing the WBC to order that the matter be decided by the council at its headquarters in Mexico.
WBC female championship chairman Malte Muller-Michaelis confirmed in an email to Phiri’s promoters OQBP that the purse offer would take place at the WBC head office in Mexico City.
Michaelis said should either party fail to attend the purse offer ceremony in person, they could submit their offers through mail or email before the offer date.
“In case you cannot attend the purse offer ceremony personally, you may also hand in your offer via priority mail or via email.
Please note that there is a non-refundable fee of US$500 to participate in the purse offer which has to be handed in along with the offer or paid via wire transfer before the purse offer ceremony in case you are sending your offer via email,” the email read in part.
A purse offer is the initial step in arranging a professional boxing bout involving promoters of opposing camps if they fail to agree on the purse money for an upcoming fight.