A lot of Africans are representing Africa greatly this year, and we are proud of them.
This past weekend, a new world champion emerged in the person of Zambia’s Catherine Phiri. She made history by dethroning the WBC Female Bantamweight Champion, Mexican Yazmin Rivas in the sixth round to clinch the World Boxing Council (WBC) bantamweight title, and also being the first female Zambian and African to win it.
According to Fight News, Phiri was “quicker and sharper as she stood toe-to-toe” with Rivas. Towards the end of the sixth round, Phiri had her points deducted when she clashed with Rivas, resulting in a bloody gash above Rivas’ eyebrows. This led to the fight being stopped. Regardless, she still went on to win the title.
According to World Boxing News, due to the injury, “the ringside physician, Ernesto Franco reviewed the gash and recommended the contest should be stopped, so referee Raul Caiz determined the result had to be defined in the cards”. It resulted in one draw and two wins; 57-57, 58-56, 59-55, all in favour of Catherine Phiri.
Even the Zambian President, Edgar Chagwa Lungu is proud of her achievement. He took to his Facebook page and wrote, “Congratulations to Catherine Phiri for becoming the new WBC champion. And thank you to Oriental Quarries, a company that has consistently supported this sport through Oriental Quarries Boxing Promotions. Catherine, the nation is proud of you.”