By GRACE CHAILE LESOETSA
CHIEF MUMBI of the Nsenga people has praised boxer Catherine Phiri for putting up a remarkable fight against Kenyan, Fatuma Zarika.
The Nsenga Chief last Friday invited Catherine to his chiefdom in Petauke, Eastern Province, to celebrate and honour her with a cow.
“My chiefdom is happy with how you fought in Kenya despite you losing. You represented Zambia well and we are proud of you,” he said.
And Chief Nyamphande of Misolo village urged Catherine not to be discouraged by the loss as she was still among the best female boxers globally and an inspiration to young girls.
The sensational boxer gave a motivational talk to pupils in Petauke. Oriental Quarries Boxing Promotions (OQBP) operations manager Christopher Malungathanked the two chiefs for their support to Catherine.
Last week, chief Kanyesha of Luano gave Catherine 250 hectare of land and two cows.
Catherine lost to reigning World Boxing Council (WBC) super-bantamweight champion Zarika on unanimous point decision in a 10-round fight staged at Carnival grounds in Nairobi.
Meanwhile, Africa Boxing Union (WBC) flyweight champion Alfred Muwowowho recently announced that he had retired from boxing has rescinded his decision and asked OQBP for forgiveness.
In February, Muwowo who was scheduled to fight ace Jay Harris of Wales for the Commonwealth flyweight title on March 1 , 2019, left the OQBP camp without notice and later announced on his Facebook page that he had retired. The 22-year-old claimed in his Facebook post on Saturday that he regretted his decision and asked for another chance in the ring.
Malunga said management will table Muwowo’s issue this week.