FORMER World Boxing Council (WBC) women champion Catherine Phiri will take on Mexican Yamileth Mercado for the WBC Super Bantamweight gold title next month away in Mexico.
Speaking at a press conference in Lusaka yesterday, Oriental Quarries Boxing Promotion manager Christopher Malunga said the fight won’t be staged in Zambia because of technical standards which Zambia did not meet to host the event.
“We wanted to to stage the fight here but due to some technicalities that didn’t meet the standards of hosting a WBC title fight in the country, so the fight will be staged on the 21st of March and we are going to leave for Mexico 10 days before the fight,” explained Malunga.
“It’s not the first time that the former champion will be fighting in Mexico. She fought in Mexico the first time and became the first African woman to win the WBC Gold. She went to defend the same title but she lost. I am very happy with the sponsors support and the fans we know that they wanted to have the fight here but the situation on the ground is not okay with the technical aspect to put up the fight.”
Meanwhile, Phiri said she is ready to fight anywhere.
“This is not my first time to fight in Mexico. This is my third time and I’m ready to fight anywhere. In boxing you have to fight anywhere, you can’t say ‘I will just be fighting in my home country’. I always believe in myself and never to be intimidated.” said Phiri.
And Phiri’s coach Mike Zulu has declared his boxer ready for the fight.
“We are ready. The boxer has been training and we are also ready to fight anywhere even on the moon we can fight if it’s possible. We can go to another planet,” said Zulu.