Reigning world Boxing Council Super Bantamweight champion Fatuma Zarika’s opponent Catherine Phiri arrived in the country today ahead of Saturday night fight at KICC.
The Zambian boxer Phiri arrived accompanied by her trainer Michael Zulu and promoter Christopher Malunga ready to take on Zarika for a second timein a highly anticipated event dubbed ‘Nairobi Fight Night’.
World champion Zarika returned to the country last Saturday following a month-long training stint in the United Kingdom under the watchful eye of trainer Declan O’Rourke and support of former World Cruiserweight Champion, Tony Bellew.
The two fighters will trade fists for a second time in 15 months after Zarika outlasted her in 10 rounds to retain her WBC title at the Carnivore Grounds in Nairobi on Saturday, December 2, 2017.
Phiri, who beat Mexican Yazmin Rivers in 2016 to be crowned WBC bantamweight champion, lost the close contest through a unanimous point decision of 97-92, 98-91 and 99-92 from the three international judges.
Her opponent and favorite Zarika won the WBC Super bantamweight title in 2016 in Flint, Michigan against Jamaican Alicia Ashley and defended it most recently against Mexican Yamileth Mercado in Nairobi.
The victory extended the Kenyan’s win record to 31, 17 of which have been through knockouts and Phiri has been unbeaten since she lost to Zarika giving Saturday’s fight the billing to be an unforgettable one.