Catherine revs up to fight in Mexico

SENSATIONAL female boxer Catherine Phiri says she is not nervous to fight World Boxing Council (WBC) gold bantamweight defending champion Yazmin Rivas in Mexico on November 28.

At a briefing held yesterday in Lusaka, Oriental Quarries Boxing Promotions (OQBP) manager Christopher Malunga announced that the WBC gold bantamweight fight will be staged in Mexico.

Catherine said she was ready to fight Rivas in Mexico and was confident of grabbing the belt.

“I am ready to take on Rivas in her home country. The fact that I will be fighting away does not make me nervous. It will be an opportunity for me to get the exposure.  I know Rivas is a good boxer, I have watched her moves. But the coach is working hard to ensure that I am adequately prepared,” she said.

Coach Mike ‘Weaver’ Zulu expressed confidence that Catherine will emerge WBC gold champion on November 28.

“This is not the first time I am taking a boxer to fight outside. I know Catherine is the first female boxer, but that will not deter her from getting the belt.

‘’I am working on ensuring that she is ready. Winning a belt on Mexican soil will be a great achievement in Zambian female boxing history,” he said.

Meanwhile, Malunga said the stable decided to have Catherine fight in Mexico to give her the needed exposure.

“Our bid offer was far better than theirs, but we thought it wise to have Catherine fight in Mexico. I have no doubt that Rivas will give Catherine a good fight,” he said.

He said Catherine will leave for Mexico 10 days before the fight in order for her to acclimatise to the weather.

Mexican Yazmin Rivas has fought 42 times, recording only eight losses while Catherine has lost once out of 11 fights.

He announced that the stable will stage a promotion fight on November 14 at National Sports Development Centre (NASDEC) in Lusaka and have met the K250, 000 budget.

“We will feature six title bouts on this event. The sole purpose of the promotion fight is to keep our boxers in shape. The last time they fought was in March. But Catherine will not be a part of this event. We want her to focus on the Rivas fight,” he said.