(By Tobias Phiri and Oliver Chisenga)
CATHERINE Phiri’s opponent in tonight’s non-title bout Assandiswa Nxoswana’s coach Mzamo Njekanye says they have not travelled from South Africa to Zambia to be intimidated.
Njekanye said a knockout will only be a bonus as he had prepared his boxer for all the rounds in the fight scheduled for Government Complex.
“We are too ready to take the fight. There is no way we can come all the way from South Africa to be intimidated here. We know what it takes. We are not intimidated by anything,” Njekanye said.
“There is no knock out, we are here and we are prepared for the full eight rounds. Knockout is always a bonus.”
He, however, refuted that the bruises Nxoswana had on her face were fatal.
“Those bruises are part of the preparation, hard work which we endured where we are coming from. That is what it is. That will not give us problems in anyway,” said Njekanye.
And Nxoswana said she is cool and fit for the fight.
“I know Catherine, I want to fight with her all round,” she said.
Meanwhile, Catherine coach Mike Zulu promised the fans a good bout as he gauged both boxers as ready for the tournament.
“All the boxers are very fit but anything can happen, I expect very good fights from both boxers,” said Zulu.
Oriental Quarries Boxing Promotions (OQBP) operations manager Christopher Malunga has described the event as a boxer’s era to shine.
Other fights on the cards will see another Zambian, Alfred Muwowo, face Tanzania’s Haji Juma in a Eight rounds Flyweight fight.
David Mwale has been pitted against Zimbabwe’s Wiseman Chuma in the four rounds contest.
Another fight pits Lorita Muzeya against Emely Kubwayo of Zimbabwe.
Lemmy Simbeye will face Bazla Ngosa in an all-Zambian affair, set to last eight rounds as well.
Closing the night of fury will again be a contest of two Zambians, as Philemon Hara and Pethias Chisenga, square off.