ORIENTAL Quarries Boxing Promotion, (OQBP) says all is set for the Boxing Council (WBC) bantamweight title fight between Catherine Phiri and Gabisele Tshabalala of South Africa slated for the Governmnet Complex on August 27.
Speaking during a media briefing in Lusaka yesterday, OQBP operations manager Christopher Malunga said the stable has so far raised a total of K 500,000 in liquid cash and commitments out of the K 790,000 required for the fight and assured the fans that the bout could not be cancelled at this stage.
Malunga said the stable had received overwhelming response from the corporate institutions which had come up to help stage the fight while many others had shown interest to come on board and help.
He hailed the Zambian media for its pro-activeness in information dissemination towards the fight.
“We are happy that everything is moving in very well as a promotion we are also happy that the promotion; from our sponsors is excellent; there is a lot of sponsors coming on board and giving pledges and the pledges are more than the budget.
“The budget keeps on floating due to the fluctuating strength of the Kwacha against the dollar since some of the expenses have to be made in dollars but we are almost there. At this stage where we have reached, unless otherwise, the tournament cannot be cancelled,” Malunga said.
Malunga said Catherine was yet to be in camp because she was busy with school but said she was ready to defend her title.
And Gabisele’s promoter Nxolisi Gumede has warned Catherine to expect a tough fight because Gabisele was coming to Zambia to grab the belt and become the second African female boxer to win the WBC title.
He said his boxer was currently in camp ahead of the bout and thanked OQBP for organising the fight which presented an opportunity for Gabisele to break a anew record.
“Gabisele is quite aware of the kind of fighter Catherine is. Of course Catherine is one of the finest boxers that we have seen and quite good but come 27th August, there is no doubt about it; we will win because she has been looking forward to winning this prestigious title. The people of Zambia must come out in numbers and see an exciting fight.
“Gabisele has seen Catherine in action but there is just no way she can come to Zambia and fail to defeat Catherine, there is just no way! And so, Catherine must brace herself for a tough encounter. We really appreciate your promotion for giving us an opportunity,” Gumede said.
Gabisele boasts of nine wins, a draw, and a loss out of 11 fights. She is currently the World Boxing Federation (WBF) champion and a voluntary challenger for Catherine for the WBC title.