THE decisi0n by the World Boxing Council (WBC) to order a rematch of the Bantamweight Gold title fight between Catherine Phiri and Ireland’s Christina McMahon before the end of the year is a welcome development, says Zambia Amateur Boxing Federation (ZABF)president Thomas Chileshe.
Chileshe said it was now clear that the judges erred in declaring McMahon winner in the closely contested fight last month as the Irish did not deserve to win because Catherine performed better than her.
He said the directive to have a rematch was a clear indication that there were irregularities in the awarding of points by the adjudicators who presided over the match and that it provided an opportunity for Catherine to prove herself to critics.
The ZABF president said he was confident that Catherine would win the rematch due to her resilience and strength which was evidenced by the number of fights she had already won even from stronger opponents with good records.
“The World Boxing Council has done the right thing according to what transpired in that match. Talking from experience in boxing, I don’t know which system was used to arrive at that decision and this is an indication that some judges awarded points to McMahon maliciously.
“There was no need for Catherine to lose her belt and since WBC is calling for a rematch, this is good news for Catherine and I am sure she will perform even better next time,” Chileshe said.
And Chileshe observed that the future of boxing in Zambia was promising as more young boxers were coming on board to participate and mint medals in international engagements.
Commenting on the boxers that have just been picked to represent Zambia at the All-Africa Games slated for Congo in September, Chileshe said boxing was one of the sports poised for success.
He explained that the federation would send the boxers into local camp before sending them out for international camping in order to intensify training.
Meanwhile, Chileshe has taken a swipe at Zambia Air Force (ZAF)’s sensational boxer Mbachi Kaonga whom he said had snubbed national call-ups on four occasions without giving any valid reasons.
He said Kaonga was a very good boxer who had what it took to bring glory to Zambia but his behaviour was unacceptable.