I’ll dent Catherine’s clean record – Babirye

Catherine Phiri - Old Picture
UGANDAN boxer Toma-Hawa Babirye has vowed to knock Zambian boxing princess Catherine Phiri in the first round of their Africa Boxing Union (ABU) women bantamweight title bout at Mulungushi International Conference Centre in Lusaka tomorrow.

Babirye said Catherine was a new girl in the sport who would be taught a boxing lesson and that the zero defeat that sits pretty on Catherine’s record would be gone at the end of the bout.
Babirye said she had prepared hard for the bout and the fruits of her hard work would be rewarded with the lifting of the ABU title in Lusaka.
She further urged fans to turn up in high numbers to support one of the high-profile boxing bouts Zambia has hosted lately.
She bragged that she had been preparing for the bout intensively for the past two months and that she would let her long days of hard work count for nothing with a loss to the 20-year-old.
“I have been fighting for more than 10 years, I have massive experience unlike Catherine and that is all I need to give me advantage over Catherine,” she said.
Babirye has a record of 16 wins, four losses and two draws in her boxing career while Catherine boasts of six straight wins in her young but illustrious career.
“I will put up the best performance of my life against Catherine and I am so confident about it.
“My message to Catherine is that she has to be careful in the ring, otherwise I might knock her out in the first round,” she said.
Babirye’s trainer Michael Kizta, who flanked her in the interview, was just as confident, saying his boxer was experienced and would find little trouble dispatching the highly skillful and tenacious Catherine.
Admitting Catherine was good and was yet to lose a professional fight, Kizta insisted the Zambian boxer would be beaten tomorrow for the first time.