10 January 2013

Zambia: Catherine Fight Deferred

CATHERINE Phiri's World Professional Boxing Federation (WPBF) bantamweight title fight against Norji Guro of the Philippians that was set for February 2 has been deferred to March 23 due to a sponsorship hiccup.

Oriental Quarries Boxing Promotions (OQBP) operations manager Chris Malunga said at a media briefing at the Southern Sun in Lusaka yesterday that the fight had to be rescheduled because one of the major sponsors were currently on industrial break until January 15.

Malunga said his stable needed to be sure how much money the company was going to give them to enable them meet the KR 405, 000 (K405 million) having managed to raise KR 255, 000 (K255million) from other sponsors.

"We just had to postpone the tournament because one of our major sponsors are still on industrial break and we shall need to know exactly how much they will give us in order to meet out budget. I am happy that they have promised to help us stage the fight," Malunga said.

Malunga expressed happiness with the coming on board of Southern Sun Hotel who donated KR 70, 000 (K70 million) towards staging of the fight adding that other sponsors such as Break Point Investments, Manzi Valley and Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation(ZNBC) had also joined the sponsors lists that has Ash Lodge, 711, Madmax, Oriental Quarries Hardware.

Meanwhile, Malunga announced that Catherine was going back to school at Namunu nga where she will start in Grade Nine hoping to by-pass the hurdle to go to senior secondary.

"We are happy that Catherine is going back to school because we believe that education is a key to every success, she will be going to Namununga School which we believe is a good school for her," Malunga said

And Catherine said she was happy to be going back to school to finish her secondary school education and further her education saying she wanted to train as a military personnel and study Business Administration so that she could know how best to use her money.

She urged other women, out of school, to go back to the books saying school had no age limit.

"I am happy that am going back to school, I will start from grade nine and when I complete I want to become a military personnel and further major into business administration so that I can know how to use my money when I win more titles.

"I also want to take this opportunity to thank the sponsors for supporting me because without them I would not have been able to boast of going back to school and to those women that are not going to school, this is the time, go back to school because school has no age," Phiri said.

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