24 March 2019

Kenya: Here's the Online Community's Verdict On Zarika Vs Phiri Bout

Kenyan pugilist, Fatuma "Iron Fist" Zarika on Saturday night retained her World Boxing Council (WBC) world super bantamweight title for the third consecutive time with a unanimous points decision over Zambian Catherine Phiri.

Zarika won the bout stage at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) in Nairobi after the three judges - Michael Neequaye, Fillemon Mweya and Irene Semakula - ruled the contest 98-92 99-91 97-93 in her favour

The contest, was a repeat of the December 2, 2017 title contest at the Carnivore Grounds.

But did she really win the fight?

Just like in her last fight against Mexican boxer Yamileth Mercado last September at the same venue, the outcome of Saturday night's bout has sharply divided opinion on social media.

Deputy President William Ruto, ODM leader Raila Odinga and Nairobi Women Representative Esther Passaris were the political leaders who congratulated Zarika for her victory.

Congratulations to World Boxing Council (WBC) Super Bantamweight Champion Fatuma Zarika for flooring challenger Catherine Phiri to retain the title. We savour your exploits following a dogged, tactical and assured display. #NairobiFightNight

-- William Samoei Ruto, PhD (@WilliamsRuto) March 23, 2019

Congratulations @FatumaZarika on beating Catherine Phiri from Zambia to retain the WBC Super Bantamweight World title in an exciting bout at the #NairobiFightNight. You have done 🇰🇪 proud. Keep inspiring all our youth and aspiring sportspeople with your exploits. 👏🏿👏🏿👏🏿

-- Raila Odinga (@RailaOdinga) March 23, 2019

Proud of @FatumaZarika for retaining her WBC Super Bantamweight World title in a hotly contested fight against Zambia's Catherine Phiri. Kudos to @SportPesa for another riveting #NairobiFightNight and for putting Kenya women boxing on the global map. #TwendeKazi pic.twitter.com/w3YXu8wPAF

-- Hon. Esther M Passaris (@EstherPassaris) March 24, 2019

But there are those who thought otherwise.

Fatuma Zarika almost unrecognizable from the punches thrown by Catherine Phiri, who looks fresh-faced.

The Zambian has been robbed clean in Nairobi.#NairobiFightNight pic.twitter.com/xEmSwT3Oyk

-- Saddique Shaban (@SaddiqueShaban) March 23, 2019

Our Catherine Phiri won that fight in Kenya last night. Everybody except @kot and beyong know that she won. #NairobiFightNight was a scam!

-- Sally Chiwama (@chiwama) March 24, 2019

there is no doubt that zarika was beaten big ups to #CatherinePhiri #NairobiFightNight the big question is that how did zarika win? https://t.co/M7NbpB9sHw

-- Alexander Mubanga (@chanda_Alexande) March 24, 2019

Zarika lost. Phiri should have been the champion. She won but corrupt wings are too huge. Robbed victory ✌️... .

#NairobiFightNight#ZarikaPhiri

-- Ogola Omondi Sirikal🇰🇪 (@OgolaSirikalKE) March 24, 2019

#Stollen... Let's be totally honest with ourselves. Phiri was robbed this match. She was clearly the better boxer. Anyway welcome to Kenya Miss Phiri where the winner loses, be it in boxing or politics. #NairobiFightNight

-- DANIEL MUTUKU (@DanSkynett) March 24, 2019

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