THE World Professional Boxing Federation (WPBF) has changed the opponent of Catherine Phiri's bantamweight title defence set for March 23 at the Government Complex in Lusaka following a request from the Zambian pugilist's camp.
Oriental Quarries Boxing Promotions operations director, Chris Malunga, said in a statement that Catherine would now fight Filipino, Leslie Domingo instead of the earlier Norji Guro who is also from the Philippines.
"Reason for the change of the opponent is that we had written to WPBF informing them that we had not received the contract from them which was sent some time back," Malunga said.
Interestingly, Domingo and Guro drew last year on July 21 in Iligan, Philippines in a fight the former sustained a cut on the left eyelid after an accidental head butt.
Malunga said in an interview yesterday that 18-year-old Domingo's camp had since signed the contract and returned it to 20-year-old Catherine's handlers, OQBP.
Catherine, whose last fight was a triumph over Canadian Nathalie Forget on October 20, last year at the Government Complex, had five wins from five professional fights, while Domingo has fashioned out three wins and one draw from her four fights.
Malunga said OQBP's Loreta Muzeya and Queen Sakala would fight Happiness Nkhoma of Malawi and Zimbabwe's Jacqueline Manyuchi respectively, while Charles Manyuchi would face Osgood Kayuni of Malawi in the eight fights lined up to support Catherine's bout.
Heavyweight boxer Francis Zulu of Samson Promotions will fight Rocky Kaleng of Democratic Republic of Congo with OQBP's Gibson Kamota, Maxwell Sosoka and Martin Manda taking on Evergreen's Bernard Mwango, Bazila Ngosa and Kennedy Chanda, respectively.
Malunga said the eighth supporting fight would see Ernest Phiri taking on Alfred Kaziwa in an OQBP derby.