Catherine Phiri, Charles Manyuchi ready for WBC title fights

WPBF championship title Catherine Phiri fight
WPBF championship title Catherine Phiri fight

Oriental Quarries Boxing promotions have unveiled a 762 thousand kwacha budget to promote two World Boxing Council -WBC- title fights on April 25, this year.

The two WBC title fights will see Catherine Phiri fight for the gold belt, while Charles Manyuchi will defend his welterweight title against Silerio Ortiz of Mexico.

Catherine’s opponent is yet to be named after interim WBC champion Jessica Gonzalez pulled out of the race and was stripped of her title.

Oriental Quarries Boxing promotions Operations Director Chris Malunga disclosed this at a media briefing in Lusaka March 6, 2015.

Malunga says the two main fights will have four other supporting non-title bouts.

He adds that Alfred Muwowo will fight Aubrey Masamba from Malawi, while Lolita Muzeya’s opponent is Evelyn Odoro from Kenya.

Gibon Kamota will fight Martin Manda in an all-oriental affair, with Donald Kampamba taking on Enosy Temfuma.

And asked if the change of opponents has affected her preparations, Catherine said she is ready to face any one.

She says the pulling out of Gonzalez is an indication that the Mexican boxer is intimidated by her record.

Meanwhile, government will this year set up a Sports Museum to document the achievements attained in sport in the last 50 years.

Director of Sport at the Ministry of Youth and Sport Bessy Chelemu says the museum to be set up at the National Heroes Stadium in Lusaka will be Hitech.

Chelemu says the country has not done much in documenting sports men and women and their achievements in the last 50 years.

Chelemu says government has since written to all sports Associations to start providing all the necessary information.

She says phase one will start with documenting achievements in Football, Boxing, Judo and athletics.