FORMER Women International Boxing Association (WIBA) welterweight champion Esther Phiri ’s opponent Jennifer Faccio has pulled out of this weekend fight due to flight and communication complications.
Faccio, who is from Urugay, was supposed to have faced Esther this Saturday but pulled out at the last minute after her promoter called Exodus promotions manager Anthony Mwamba to say that she could not travel because the promoter was committed with another fight and could not allow the boxer to come alone.
Mwamba, who confirmed this at a media briefing in Lusaka yesterday, said Faccio’s promoter could not allow her boxer to travel alone because she could not speak English.
“I was phoned by Faccio’s promoter Patrio Latendano that he was promoting another fight in Europe and that he could not allow his boxer to come alone due to communication barrier,” he said.
Mwamba said Faccio’s promoter refused to allow her boxer travel via Dubai because she had to come all by herself.
“We had arranged that she travels from her country to Dubai then connect to Zambia but her manager refused,” he said.
Mwamba said he was left with no option but to immediately engage the Kenyan boxer Evelyn Odoro who has 12 fights with 6 wins, 5 losses and 1 draw.
Esther said her new opponent was not new, adding that she had watched the Kenyan boxer in the ring before .
“I have watched Evelyn fight when I travelled to Kenya and she is a very good boxer,” she said.
Esther said the pulling out of Faccio did not affect her in anyway because she had already trained enough.
Exodus boxing manager Jonathan Chilonda they were still looking for K150, 000 to succesfully host the tournament.
“We are appealing to the corporate world to come on board so that the tournament is not postponed any further,” he said.
Chilonda said Exodus had already booked tickets for the boxers who are expected to arrive in the country today.
“So we cannot afford to postpone after making all the logistical arragements and all the boxers are expected to arrive tomorrow,” he said.
In the supporting bouts, Mwamba said Sherif Kasongo will face Tanzanian boxer Jacob Maganga as Anossi Temfuma faces Masozi Kamanga from the Copperbelt.
“Chimanga Bebeki will fight Sam Buffaloes Chisanga from Ndola; Joseph Mwewa will fight Abia Silupumbwe from Chingola and Lina Kasweka will fight Patience Matala from Zimbabwe,” Mwamba said.
Mwamba added that the tournament would also see Tom Chisenga fight Benard Mwango.