Boxing: Catherine knocks down Uganda’s Toma to win Welterweight Title

Zambia’s boxer Catherine Phiri 20 Saturday evening came out strong knocking down her opponent  Toma Hawa Babirye 26 of Uganda in the eighth round during African Boxing Union (ABU) bantamweight belt title held in Lusaka. wins a welterweight championship

Our Staffer Chimuka Moono Hanyama covered the event and filed us this report.

The bout scheduled for 10 rounds started wih a lot of fire from Catherine Phiri who visibly was looking for an early kill, though her wishes were not hastily granted. The Ugandan boxer who was willing to engulf the pain kept her step, before disintegrating in the seventh and eighth rounds. The Zambian boxer managed to land critical punches while wasting a number of them in the body.

The Ugandan boxer, came back with some energy in the fifth  and sixth round although her blows were without power or any reasonable impact on Catherine. She barely managed to survive in round seven before she staggered to the referee’s rescue in the eighth round.

In a post match interview, the Ugandan boxer admitted she under preformed due to lack of power. She admitted Catherine was loaded with too much power which she could not swallow any more. However, she promised to come back for a rematch when she gets enough power.

In the male category, Manyuchi won on retirement to the Ugandan boxer, Sowa. Sowa who looked under pressure retired from the fight in the fourth round when he was given a hook which he claimed was under the belt. In the post march interview, Sowa promised he would come back for a rematch. However, Manyuchi said his win was a stepping stone.

Meanwhile, the Deputy Minister for Sports reiterated the support government is giving to Sports in the country.  Stephen Masumba said government was committed to support all forms of sports in the country without bias. He said it was not true that government was only concentrating on soccer.