BARELY 72 hours before boxing revelation Catherine Phiri enters the ring to challenge for the World Boxing Council (WBC) women bantamweight gold title against Champion Yazmin Rivas in Mexico, her Coach Mike ‘Weaver’ Zulu has drawn up an intensive training programme to ensure Catherine bags the title.
Catherine trades punches with the Mexican in Tijuana during the 2nd WBC Female convention on Saturday and the fight is the main event on the agenda.
Oriental Quarries Boxing Promotions (OQBP) operations manager Christopher Malunga, in an interview from Tijuana, said Zulu had drawn up a good final training programme which will see Catherine record victory.
“Catherine kicked off the intensive training programme yesterday and she is in shape. She is psychologically determined to end Rivas dominance. The training environment is favourable and the Mexican promoters are treating us well and putting everything in place according to international standards,” Malunga said.
He said the convention will be Catherine’s highest international platform to showcase her skills and she has vowed to ‘die a little’ for the country in her quest to become the first female African boxer to hold the prestigious title.
“The delegates to the Convention have started arriving. It’s an international platform where Catherine has to prove herself and fly the Zambian flag high. Zambia needs to smile once more. We should not expect anything less than victory,” he said. Malunga commended Ministry of Sports, Zambia Professional Boxing and Wrestling Control Board (ZPBWCB), Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA) for their continued support.
Meanwhile, ZPBWCB chairman Nelson Sapi said the board was confident that Catherine will put up a good fight in Mexico.
“I feel Catherine is more determined and ready to handle the defending champion. Yes, Rivas is a good boxer but I believe Catherine can grab the belt. The trainer should adequately work on Catherine’s mental preparedness,” he said.
Catherine is expected to briefly hang up the gloves after the fight to concentrate on school.