SENSATIONAL female boxer Catherine Phiri says that she is not bitter with her first loss in her career to Christina McMahon in the World bantamweight gold title contest she suffered on Saturday night at the Mulungushi International Conference Centre.
Catherine lost to Christina of Ireland to surrender her belt through a split-point decision after 10 rounds of a thrilling boxing bout on a night that other Zambian boxers registered technical knock-outs on their opponents.
She started on a good note jabbing the opponent with her usual powerful punches, with the bout looking like it would end through a technical knock-out in her favour especially in the first four rounds, but Christina soldiered on and gained momentum, catching her opponent unaware from time to time as the fight wore on, and finally won the match.
Catherine however indicated that she was ready for a re-match to reclaim her belt.
She observed that the fight was even and that she would not be discouraged by the outcome, while acknowledging that Christina was a good boxer.
“In boxing, there is time to win and lose. So I think time has come but I still have a chance and it is possible that I can make it and I demand for a re-match,
“She is good but she was awkward. We were almost the same, you saw that she won by points. It is normal losing at home and I don’t feel discouraged because I know I still have a chance to defend the title.
Meanwhile, Christina observed that Catherine was the best boxer she had ever met in her career and that she had a lot of potential to achieve more, given her age and her boxing records.
She said Catherine’s ability to win a title that she had never lost in her career, was testimony that she was a world class boxer.
“Everything has its time and when I joined boxing, I told myself I was going to win a world title and that is what I was hoping to do, but I have to say, I had to fight up to the last round because I knew, by the fourth round, Catherine was leading me and on the eighth round, I knew I had a draw and I knew that if I won the last two rounds, I would win the fight.
“So I had to fight to the last to a very top fighter. She is only 23, she won the World Championship before she was 25, but this was my time, at 40,” Christina admitted.
Meanwhile, Saturday night was never short of excitement as Zambian boxers recorded four technical knock-outs against their Malawian counterparts with Alfred Muwowo lighting the night before the main bout as he skilfully dispatched Tinani Kamanga of Malawi in style in a non-title international Flyweight bout.
The ‘Young Cena’ pummelled his opponent from the first round before winning a technical knock-out in the fourth round, much to the excitement of the fans.