Jealous people made me quit boxing- Esther Phiri

National Heavyweight Boxing Champion Francis ‘Galagata’ Zulu says the quitting of Zambia’s sensational boxing heroin, Esther Phiri, is a big blow to the boxing fraternity.

Zulu says Esther was an inspirational boxer to both old and new comers and her decision to quit has rather come just too early.

Speaking in an interview with ZANIS in Lusaka today, Zulu said it was no doubt that Esther lifted the boxing sport in Zambia.

He said boxers in the country would respect her decision to resign from boxing though it is too painful.

He described the quitting as a move that has un-settled many stakeholders who have received the decision with great shock.

“It is too early for Esther to quit boxing and it is a big blow to the nation because she lifted the boxing fraternity in particular and Zambian flag higher.

“I respect her decision to resign from boxing but we cannot force her to remain in sport,” Zulu lamented.