National Heavyweight Boxing Champion Francis ‘Galagata’ Zulu says the quitting of Zambia’s sensational boxing heroin, Esther Phiri, is a big blow to the boxing fraternity.
Zulu says Esther was an inspirational boxer to both old and new comers and her decision to quit has rather come just too early.
Speaking in an interview with ZANIS in Lusaka today, Zulu said it was no doubt that Esther lifted the boxing sport in Zambia.
He said boxers in the country would respect her decision to resign from boxing though it is too painful.
He described the quitting as a move that has un-settled many stakeholders who have received the decision with great shock.
“It is too early for Esther to quit boxing and it is a big blow to the nation because she lifted the boxing fraternity in particular and Zambian flag higher.
“I respect her decision to resign from boxing but we cannot force her to remain in sport,” Zulu lamented.
He thanked the government and other private institutions that rendered support to the female boxing legend and six-time world boxing champion and that it should not relent but to continue rendering support to the remaining active boxers.
And Zulu has urged female Zambian boxers to emulate Esther by working very hard to lift the boxing fraternity.
Esther’s trainer, Anthony Mwamba, said that could be achieved though dedication discipline and focus.
It is believed that frustration has forced Esther Phiri to quit the sport.
The decision may be long overdue, but Esther according to Muvi TV Sports News that there was a lot of jealous individuals that have worked hard in tarnishing her image.
The household female boxer retires professionally unbeaten, having won her last fight against Zimbabwe’s Monalisa Sibanda in the Women’s International Boxing Association and World Boxing Organisation title fight last year.
Esther says she has been further angered by the decision of the Zambia Boxing and Wrestling Control Board to ban for three months, her Manager Anthony Mwamba.
Early last month, Esther hinted that she may not get back in the ring after admitting that she had become overweight for the sport, and claimed she had achieved all a boxer could achieve.