BY SAMSON MBII,24TH MARCH 2019-Kenya’s Fatuma Zarika laso known as “Iron Fist” on Saturday fought hard to retain her World Boxing Council (WBC) world super bantamweight title for the third consecutive time.
This is after Zarika, 34, defeated Zambia Catherine Phiri by a unanimous points decision on at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre.
Judges Michael Neequaye, Fillemon Meya and Irene Semakula scored 98-92, 99-91 and 97-93 respectively.
Zarika led 39-37, 39-37 and 39-37 midway the scheduled 10 rounder and 79-73, 79-73 and 77-75 in the eighth round.
“It wasn’t easy but I did my best. I did it for my fans and Kenyans,” said Zarika, who stretched her record to 31 wins, 12 losses and two draws.
Phiri, who still wants a rematch, has 16 wins, four losses.
In the undercards, Referee Wycliffe Marende was forced to step in and save Kenya-based Pascal Bruno from further punishment by Kenya’s Rayton “Boom Boom” Okwiri one minute and 54 seconds into the third round.
Okwiri dominated experienced Bruno from the word go in the middleweight bout that was scheduled for eight rounds.
The 32-year-old Okwiri extended his unbeaten record to five wins, all through TKOs. Bruno, 45, now has 22 wins, 15 losses and five draws.
Earlier on, Idd Mkwera from Tanzania also stopped Kenya’s Nicholas Mwangi in the second round of their six-round super lightweight bout.
Referee Frank Olando had to come in to rescue Mwangi.