By Kimathi Kamau NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s Fatuma “Iron Fist” Zarika retained her
World Boxing Council (WBC) super bantamweight title here on
Saturday night after scoring a unanimous points victory over
Zambian challenger Catherine Phiri.
and eventually won the brutal bout after three international
judges returned 97-92, 98-91 and 99-92 in her favour despite
suffering a bad cut on her face in the middle stage of the
scheduled 10-round fight.
Onyango also clinched the World Boxing Federation welterweight
belt with another unanimous 118-104, 120-107 and 116-109 victory
over Saidi Mundi of Tanzania after slugging it out over 12
There was no
hat-trick of title victories for Kenya when Malawian, Anisha
Basheel stopped home girl Consolata Musanga via technical
knock-out to be crowned the Africa Boxing super lightweight
The main event of
the nine-fight card of American Bigger Than Life Entertainment
promotions was Zarika’s showdown against Phiri, the ex-WBC
bantamweight title holder who stepped up the scales to fight the
Victory in front of
an adoring home support that cheered her on to the rafters
extended Zarika’s win record to 30, of which 17 have been via
“I’m happy to retain
this belt, this win is an inspiration that hard work pays in the
end,” Zarika stated.
Phiri, who is keen
on vying for a WBC crown in 2018, acknowledged the superior
fighter came out on top on the day.
“I believe I gave my
best in the ring. We were all interested in the belt but at the
end of the day only one person has to go with it home,” said
Phiri, who lost her world title in Mexico in April.
It was the Kenyan
who beat Jamaica’s Alicia Ashley last year in the United States
to win her belt who got off to a flying start, dominating the
opening three rounds before Phiri landed a huge right hook that
opened a deep wound on Zarika’s face.
The blow knocked the
stuffing out of Zarika as Phiri had the better opening to the
fifth round before she was forced to the ropes by a flurry of
counter-punches from the local favourite as the bell came to the
rescue of the challenger.
seventh and eighth rounds followed as both boxers resorted to
holding before Zarika finished the stronger in the last two to
seal her victory with Phiri staying on her feet to the end
despite offering little resistance.
In the continental
title fight, Malawian Basheel broke into a celebratory jig with
tears of joy streaming down her face when she knocked out Kenyan
opponent Musanga with both fighters seeking a first ever career