THE moment of truth in my career is finally here and I shall live to realise my dreams, says Zambia’s World Boxing Council (WBC) women bantamweight title challenger Catherine Phiri.
Commenting on her upcoming WBC women bantamweight gold title fight against champion Yazmin Rivas, Catherine said she has waiting far too long for this great moment in her career and was now ready to put the icing on the cake.
“Losing? I am not thinking in that direction because I have been training for over six months. Even the three postponements that the WBC made just gave me more time to prepare.
Catherine left for Mexico yesterday for her fight against Rivas on January 30 during the 2nd WBC women convention in Tijuana, Mexico.
She is accompanied by her Coach Mike Zulu, Manager Chris Malunga and will later be joined by Oriental Quarries executive director. Speaking at a press briefing just before leaving for the airport, Malunga declared Catherine ready for the fight of her life while the boxer intimated that Rivas should be really scared of her as she was about to lose the title.
“Catherine has gone through endurance, pain, both technical and tactical as well psychological to ensure that she is not in any way affected by the thoughts of fighting at such a big stage” he said.
Coach Zulu said he was taking Catherine to Mexico for a title fight and not holiday and promised the nation that his fighter was good steady to face Rivas for the prestigious WBC title.
Catherine is the only Africa woman fighter to win the WBC silver title and her challenge for the gold title was in order as it would help her stamp her mark of authority in women boxing.
Catherine and her coaching staff have spent the last six months watching and analyzing Rivas’s videos and revealed that they have indentified Rivas’ weaknesses and strengths hence making her vulnerable to Catherine.
She maintained that she will not be intimidated by the fact that Rivas would be fighting before her home supporters saying “I will just close my ears and concentrate on fighting because that is why I am travelling to Mexico.”
“Rivas must be scared of me because as a champion she has a lot to lose, I am just a challenger and I have that swelling desire to fly back home with the belt” she said.
Malunga also confirmed that Catherine who weighed 53.4kg just before departure was in line with WBC weight demands and would maintain her weight with light trainings at JFK airport in New York this morning before connecting to Mexico.