Catherine, Manyuchi target victory

World Boxing Council (WBC) bantamweight silver champion Catherine Phiri has predicted victory against her South African opponent Bukiwe Nonina ahead of the November bout.

And WBC international welterweight champion Charles Manyuchi says punishment will only be the best gift to give his Colombian opponent David Carcese. Speaking in Lusaka during a media briefing organised by Oriental Quarries Boxing Promotion (OQBP) yesterday, Catherine said her aim was to maintain her winning record.

She said that she was not scared of her opponent who was also the South African champion’s best record carrier.

“I want to continue with the record of winning. However, I will not promise the round in which I will bring Bukiwe down because we have ten rounds to fight,” she said.

And, Manyuchi said he was ready to fight Carcese and would use his tactics in bringing his opponent down and win the bout.

“I will not change my fighting tactics unless if my coach decided that I change. It is easy to win if you have a right coach and believe in God,” he said.

And OQBP manager Christopher Malunga said the tournament budget has reduced from K673, 000 to K620, 000 following the decision by Catherine’s first Korean opponent pull out.

Malunga was speaking after Southern Sun Hotel donated US$3000 towards the November bouts in form of accommodation. Malunga also said he was happy that Southern Sun had come on board to provide the match officials and boxers with accommodation.

“Southern Sun hotel has the World Boxing Council required standards for the officials and boxers,” he said. Malunga also  announced thaton the same night Alfred Muwowo will face Anyway Katunga from Zimbabwe in a supporting bout.

Other fights will be Mbiya Nkanku vs  Ezaya Chilufya (VBP), Lolita Muzeya vs  Monalisa Sibanda from Zimbabwe,  Pefias Chisenga  vs Benard Mwango (EGBP), Gibon Kamota vs Mombelela Mukuni.