A buoyant Catherine Phiri has maintained that she will not be intimidated when she trades punches with World Boxing Council (WBC) bantamweight champion Yazmin Rivas in Mexico during the WBC Female Convention in Tijuana on January 30.
And Oriental Quarries Boxing stables manager Christopher Malunga has confirmed that Catherine will leave for Santiago, USA, on Friday, January 22 where she will set up camp before travelling to Mexico for the fight.
The WBC named Catherine as the mandatory challenger for the female bantamweight title against the Mexican champion after Christina McMahon was stripped of the interim title for refusing to defend the belt against the Zambian champion.
Catherine’s coach Mike Zulu said his boxer was eager and ready for the epic fight adding that the boxer was in fine form and bubbling with confidence.
“We have intensified the training programme and Catherine is in a fighting mood. She cannot wait to jump into the ring and pummel Rivas but we are taking everything one step at a time.
“She has put in everything she can to shape up for the crucial fight of her life and only the final bell will tell the difference” Zulu said.
Both Zulu and Malunga however acknowledged that fighting Rivas would be tough despite Catherine preparing adequately for the fight.
They said Catherine has however maintained that she has always wanted to have the biggest fight of her career outside Zambia and would be excited to fly back home with the prestigious WBC title after dethroning Rivas.
Catherine’s fight is the main event on the 2nd WBC Female Convention.
Rivas boasts of 34 wins from her 40 fights and 10 wins have come through knockouts and has six defeats while Catherine has 10 wins, five via knockouts, from 11 fights losing just once.