CATHERINE Phiri will retire after winning the International Boxing Association (IBA) and World Boxing Organisation (WBO) bantamweight titles.
Speaking on Muvi TV’s Tuesday last week Sport programme, Catherine said emulating boxing legend Muhammad Ali is top on the agenda.
Ali, a former world heavyweight champion, is considered the greatest in the sport’s history.
“I am not engaged in any relationship. I am married to boxing and school. That is where my heart beats. I want to become the Muhammad Ali of Zambia if all goes well.
“I don’t have any intentions of retiring from boxing before winning the IBA and WBO titles. After that my heart will rest because I will know that I have achieved something in my career,” Catherine said.
Catherine, the World Boxing Council silver bantamweight champion, is looking forward to joining the Zambia Army after tertiary education.
“I am urging my fellow youths out there to join sport. They can make a living through it [sport]. I am where I am today because of sport. The only secret to a successful life is discipline. I love myself and what I do,” she said.
She said sport helps to sustain people’s lives.
“I hope some girls out there will follow my footsteps. Because that’s exactly what I did. I followed with keen interest what my sister Esther Phiri used to do. She inspired me a lot. If it wasn’t for her, I wouldn’t have been where I am today,” Catherine said.
Catherine will fight Irish Christina McMahon in the WBC gold interim title fight on May 2 at Lusaka’s Mulungushi International Conference Centre.
Source : Zambia Daily Mail
Catherine Phiri, Boxing Results :
Catherine Phiri Global Id 571871 Country Zambia Hometown Lusaka, Zambia Division Bantamweight Career Record ©www.boxrec.com Date Opponent W-L-D Location Result 2014-11-22 Bukiwe Nonina 6-2-0 Lusaka, ZM W TKO 2 WBC Silver female Bantamweight Title 2014-05-03 Joyce Chileshe 0-1-0 ZM W PTS 4 2014-03-15 Pia Mazelanik 13-5-1 Lusaka, ZM W KO 3 vacant WBC Silver female Bantamweight Title 2013-09-28 Hawa Daku 5-6-0 Lusaka, ZM W KO 8 vacant African Boxing Union female Bantamweight Title 2013-03-23 Leslie Domingo 4-0-1 Lusaka, ZM W TKO 2 2012-10-20 Nathalie Forget 4-3-0 Lusaka, ZM W UD 10 2012-03-31 Hamisa Willy 0-1-0 Lusaka, ZM W RTD 4 2011-10-29 Diana Makumbe 2-6-3 Chililabombwe, ZM W UD 4 2011-09-03 Cicilia Pitiseni 0-0-1 Livingstone, ZM W UD 4 2011-05-28 Esther Chalwe 0-0-0 Lusaka, ZM W PTS 4 Record to Date Won 10 (KOs 5) Lost 0 Drawn 0 Total 10 SOURCE : http://boxrec.com/prt.php?human_id=571871&cat=boxer
What’s up with female boxers. Esther then, now Catherine.