Zambia’s World Boxing Council (WBC) bantamweight female champion Catherine Phiri has bagged another boxing title after being named WBAN’s February 2016 Fighter of the Month following her fantastic win over former champion Yazmin Rivas in Mexico last month.
The recognition by the award winning Women Boxing Archive Network is another notch in the young Zambian boxer’s career that is in hurry to break more records after becoming the first African woman to win the prestigious WBC belt.
Oriental Quarries Boxing Stables manager Christopher Malunga described the recognition and award as another step in realising the dreams and plans by his stables and directors of winning international titles and attaining world fame before Catherine turns 27 years old.
“What more is there to say because these is the direction we took during planning and we are happy that big organisations are appreciating Catherine’s achievements and subsequent contribution to the development of women boxing internationally.” He said.
Fighting out the Rosarito venue in Mexico on January 30, Catherine defeated Rivas in round seven by a technical knockout.
After four rounds, the rangy long armed Zambian was ahead on two of the three cards. Frequent fierce exchanges with both scoring to the head, Catherine’s frequency was marginally higher yet she was the one who was swollen round the eyes.
Realising she was behind, Rivas, upped the pace and agency but it was not enough as the clash of heads right at the end of round six left Rivas temporarily unsteady with a rapidly and badly swelling right eye.
Though Catherine was deducted a point, she went on to win the fight after the scores of the technical decision.
Scores for Catherine were 59-55, 58-56 and 55-55 to declare the Zambian as the new WBC female champion.
“She has continued setting rare records because we did not give up on our dreams of having a world champion from Zambia. This is what administrators in any field of sport must plan and dream of” Malunga said.
He said Catherine’s focus and dedication to winning international awards should motivate not only female boxers but all athletes who dream of honours and glory for the country adding that “a champion never gives up even if he is knocked down, but rises to continue the fight.”