THE World Boxing Council (WBC) has sanctioned Catherine Phiri as a mandatory challenger for the female gold bantamweight title against champion Yazmin Rivas of Mexico.
This follows Christine McMahon’s refusal to fight Catherine in a rematch.
WBC had ordered a rematch between Catherine and McMahon after the Irish controversially won the silver bantamweight title fight at Government Complex in Lusaka earlier this year.
The winner of the rematch was supposed to fight Rivas for the gold title and McMahon’s refusal to fight leaves Catherine as a sole contender for the main belt.
According to the letter written to Oriental Quarries Boxing Promotions (OQBP) director Christopher Malunga by WBC female championships chairperson Malte Muller Michealis, his committee has officially sanctioned Catherine to fight Rivas.
WBC has also urged the two camps to start negotiations for the hosting of the fight.
“We hereby kindly ask you [OQBP] to start free negotiations to find an agreement regarding the conditions (date, place, purses etc.) for this important championship fight. We are looking forward to hearing from you and receiving signed contracts before Wednesday 30th September.
“In case you cannot reach an agreement by that date, we shall call for the purse bid to be held at the WBC office in Mexico City,” the letter read in part.
Meanwhile, McMahon has been stripped of her silver bantamweight title.