Exodus Boxing Promotions yesterday unveiled a K700, 000 budget to host the rematch of the Women International Boxing Association (WIBA) and World Boxing Federation (WBF) unification welterweight title fight between Esther Phiri and South African Sandra Almeida at Lusaka’s Mulungushi International Conference Centre on September 12,
But Esther said she was shocked that some Zambians supported the decision of the technical draw even when they saw vividly that she was denied the deserved victory.
At a briefing in Lusaka yesterday, Esther said she expecting Zambians to protest peacefully against the technical draw but she was surprised that some agreed with the decision.
“I was not happy with the decision. I clearly won the fight because it was not a head-butt but a punch. But what shocked me is that some Zambians agreed with the decision yet it was against a fellow Zambian. We should learn to support our own, “she said.
She said she will train extra hard to put up a good fight.
And Esther’s promoter-cum–trainer Anthony Mwamba said a replay of the video clearly showed that it was a punch and not a head-butt hence he was perplexed by the technical draw decision.
“If it was a head-butt the decision could have been fine. But if it’s a punch, the rule is supposed to be a technical knock-out. We have put that behind and now we are focusing on the rematch. Almeida has already signed the contract and weare just waiting for September 12, ”he said.
He said the referee for the rematch will be Timothy Haikonda from Namibia.
He also revealed that Zambian boxer Linah Kasweka will fight Patience Mastara of Zimbabwe for the WIBA intercontinental bantamweight title.
Meanwhile, Best Western Plus Lusaka Grand Hotel have donated K150, 000 towards the staging of the fight.
Hotel managing director Hans Heuer said they will accommodate Esther to ensure she was in shape for the fight.
“We are glad to be the first to support Esther. Sporting tourism has a great future in Zambia and we are honoured to promote it. I urge other companies to sponsor the fight, “he said.
Lusaka Voice will transport the boxers during the event at a cost of K20, 000.