"I did not come from halfway
across the globe to lose.
"I came for the belt. I
know it will be a difficult fighting so far away
from home, but the challenge is surmountable,"
Mercado, 20, said during the post weigh-in
Mercado, who weighed in at 55.5kg, said she was
happy to be in Kenya, finish work and take the title
home, adding that she has changed trainers twice
since her last bout during the two-month training
sessions with experienced former title holders.
This will be the first fight outside her native
country for the young Mexican, who has won 12
fights, lost one bout and drawn none.
She was accompanied by her father who jetted into
the country on Thursday night to support his
daughter as she ventures into the biggest fight of
her boxing career.
"I call upon my local fans, and I know I have
many, alongside the Mexican community in Nairobi to
turn out in large numbers and cheer me on my road to
victory," she pleaded.
There will be three supporting bouts before the
main event, which is anticipated to attract a
Zarika, 34, said her training in Britain helped
her to sharpen her skills.