Nonina vows to beat Catherine

SOUTH African challenger Bukiwe Nonina has promised to beat Zambia’s WBC silver bantamweight champion Catherine Phiri on Saturday.

Nonina, who is the South African champions, said the Saturday fight will earn her two bouts.

Nonina said Catherine’s successful record so far had nothing to do with this weekend fight.

Speaking upon arrival together with Charles Manyuchi’s opponent Deivis Casseres at the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport yesterday, Nonina said her aim was to earn herself a second title on Saturday.

“I only have one title. My aim is to have six titles including Catherine’s title,” she said.

And her manager from Hlanganisa Sports Promotions, James Mathonsi, said he was confident that Nonina would bring down Catherine.

Mathonsi said Catherine should expect a good fight from Nonina.


Casseres’s coach Gerardo Conrado said his boxer could not speak during the briefing, adding that all would be said in the ring.

“Casseres will not talk now but let’s wait until Saturday. He will speak in the ring,” he said.

The duo arrived around 12:30 hours aboard South African Airlines.

Nonina, who will be fighting on her 23rd birthday on November 22, said claiming the WBC title from Catherine would be the best birthday present.

“It will be great to win. It will be the best gift from God to win on my birthday. Catherine should watch out, I can’t come to Zambia to lose,” said Nonina.

Nonina has a record of eight fights with six victories, two via knockout and two losses, while Catherine has a record of nine fights, all victories with four via knockout.

In supporting bouts, Alfred Muwowo will compete for the first time in an international bout when he faces Anyway Katunga from Zimbabwe.

Mbiya Nkanku will fight Ezaya Chilufya from Evergreen Boxing Promotions as Lolita Muzeya faces Monalisa Sibanda from Zimbabwe.

Pytias Chisenga will fight Benard Mwango both from Evergreen Boxing Promotions and Gibon Kamota will fight Mombelela Mukuni.