AFRICAN Boxing Union (ABU) president Houcine Houichi is confident Zambia’s Catherine Phiri will bag the World Boxing Council (WBC) women bantamweight gold title this Saturday in Mexico.
Catherine, who is already in Mexico, is challenging Yazmin Rivas for the title which is the main item on the 2nd WBC women convention in the Mexican town of Tijuana on January 30.
The ABF president flew from Spain to check on Catherine’s preparedness in Mexico and had a pep talk with the boxer, Coach Mike Zulu and manager Chris Malunga ahead of the fight.
Houichi advised Catherine to keep calm throughout the fight so that she can bring honour to the African continent. Catherine will become the first African woman boxer to win the prestigious title if she claims the title from Rivas.
He further added that Catherine should endeavour to protect herself so as to continue representing Africa adding that she was an emblem of hope in the sport in Africa.
“It is the biggest chance that has been given to Africa. You have to work hard and bring honour to Africa. This is the opportunity for Africa to shine. I am happy with the level of preparedness and I have confidence that you will carry the day. The title should come to Africa and all eyes are centred on you (Catherine) to make it happen. You are the pride of Africa,” he said.
Meanwhile, Oriental Quarries Boxing Promotions (OQBP) operations manager Christopher Malunga said the ABU president’s visit has played a good role in boosting Catherine’s morale.
“It’s a morale booster to the boxer. The fact that he flew from Spain to Mexico just to check on Catherine shows how important the fight is to Africa. Catherine is not just carrying the Zambian flag but the African flag as well. She is expected to fly it higher,” he said.