Last weekend was one for the books as Fatuma Zarika rose to the occasion and once more defended her WBC super bantamweight title against Zambian Catherine Phiri. Zarika whose nickname is “iron fist” did not come to play at the carnivore grounds as she was in it to win it. She won the close contest through a unanimous points decision of 97-92, 98-91 and 99-92 from the three international judges.
Fatuma Zarika is no rookie to professional boxing as her career dates back to 2003 and has 43 fights under her belt. For 29 of those fights she came out victorious and has only lost 12 while drawing 2 of them. Catherine Phiri on the other hand, although a professional boxer too, her career is only 6 years old as she started in 2011 and has only fought a total of 15 fights. The win did not come easy for Zarika as she suffered deep cuts on her face from a powerful undercut from Phiri in the fifth round. In the first four out of ten rounds however, Zarika elated fans with some good combinations so much that at some point the referee had to step in to give Phiri eight counts in the third round to save her from further assault.
After doctors tended to the 35-year-old Kenyan boxer, Zarika the champion kept pushing till the end which now marks 30 wins for her career. After her win, she was quoted saying that she dedicates the belt to fellow Kenyans for the support and for turning up in big numbers to cheer her on. Zambian Phiri on the other hand admitted that her opponent was superior and promised to challenge her for the WBC crown next year.
Source: Pocket News