AFTER a 36-hour- flight setback, World Boxing Council (WBC) women bantamweight gold title challenger Catherine Phiri on Sunday night finally left for New York following improved weather conditions in the US.
Catherine, coach Mike Zulu and manager Chris Malunga were stuck in Johannesburg since Friday as they could not fly into New York because of bad weather conditions in the United States.
They were advised to wait until the weather conditions improved and were on Sunday night allowed to fly out enroute to Mexico where Catherine is scheduled to face Champion Yazmin Rivas for the WBC women bantamweight gold title on January 30 in Tijuana.
Malunga maintained that the delay in settling down in New York where the boxers was set to hold light trainings to maintain both her weight and fitness would not affect her focus on claiming the belt from the hard punching Rivas.
Before flying out from South Africa, Malunga said there was nothing his team could do concerning the weather as they had no powers to change the weather pattern. “The best we had to do was ensure Catherine remained focused and carried on with her light trainings under the watchful eye of the Coach.
We are still optimistic that our plans to return home with the belt have not been affected by the loss of training in Mexico where we hoped to acclimatize before the fight.
Catherine is the main contender for the WBC women bantamweight title and her fight against Rivas is the main item on the 2nd WBC Women convention scheduled for January 30 in Tijuana.
Coach Mike Zulu was also optimistic that the loss of hours for serious light trainings would not affect Catherine who is bent of setting a new pace in women boxing in Africa by winning the prestigious WBC women bantamweight gold title.