NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenyan professional boxer Fatuma Zarika will put
her belt on the line when she faces Yamileth Mercado from Mexico
in a WBC female bantamweight fight in Nairobi next month.
‘Iron Fist’, will be facing her second opponent in two years
since she won the title back in early 2017. In December, she
beat Zambian Catherine Phiri to retain the title. However, she
will have to be at her best if she wants to beat Mercado on Sept
“I have nothing to
hold back. I will give it my best shot. Currently I am in London
training and will be back to defend my title,” said Zarika.
The 33-year-old is
holding a one month training camp in Liverpool and will be back
in Nairobi on Sept 1 for the final preparation for the fight.
“I haven’t stopped
training since my successful title defense in December. I have
watched Mercado’s videos and what I need to do is to continue
polishing my defense,” she added.
Mercado last fought
on June 1 in Hermosillo, Mexico where she beat her compatriot
Beatriz Arangure by unanimous decision.
In 2016, Zarika beat
Jamaican and WBC defending champion Alicia Ashley to win the
super bantamweight title. She became the second Kenyan female
professional boxer to hold a world title after Sarah Atieno who
currently holds the UBO super featherweight champion. Zarika’s
record stands at 29 wins, two draws and 12 losses.
Boxing Commission (KPBC) vice chairman George Adipo said
alongside Zarika’s big fight, there will be other undercard
bouts for emerging boxers. World Boxing Council super
lightweight champion Judy Waguthii and middleweight fighter
Rayton Okwiri will have bouts lined up against different