Catherine Phiri WBC Belt To Be Shipped To Zambia Later.
A multitude of Zambians yesterday flocked to the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport in Lusaka to welcome World Boxing Council (WBC) bantamweight champion Catherine Phiri, who arrived without the belt.
The actual gold belt has been put in a special case and will be shipped to Lusaka via the Zambian Embassy in Washington, United States of America.
Catherine, with her trainer Mike Zulu and manager Christopher Malunga, arrived at 12:20 hours to a tremendous welcome from Mexico aboard a South African Airways flight.
She out swung Mexican Yazmin Rivas in Tijuana on Sunday to become the first WBC female champion from Africa.
“It was not an easy journey for me to defeat the champion at her home ground but because of the support I received from everyone, I did it,” an excited Catherine said.
On hand to welcome Catherine were her parents, officials from the Ministry of Youth, Sport and Child Development, National Sports Council of Zambia chairperson Mwamba Kalenga, women boxing pioneer Esther Phiri and her trainer Anthony Mwamba, pupils from Great North Academy and fans led by Zambia Sports Fans Association patron Peter Makembo..
Catherine is in Grade 11 at Great North Academy.
And Malunga said Rivas avoided a technical knock-out when she told the ring doctors that she could not continue with the fight after sustaining a cut on her right eye.
Malunga said Catherine was given a recognition belt as she awaits the actual belt.
Zambia Professional Boxing and Wrestling Board of Control secretary John Shipanuka said the WBC is the only title that has gone to space and that Catherine has taken Zambia to that level.