Kenyan boxer Zarika Fatuma has defended her World Boxing Council (WBC) super bantamweight title after trouncing Zambian Catherine Phiri.
Zarika clinched the title on unanimous points decision after scoring 97-92, 98-91 and 99-92 from the three international judges who presided over the fixture.
Speaking during an interview with local press, the pugilist said next year could see her retire from boxing, but expressed her wish for a rematch with American boxer Amanda Serrano before hanging her boots.
“I have one more year in the ring, I will defend this title three or four times next year then quit,” she said.
“ I want a rematch with Amanda Serrano from the US ,I have fought her before and she really gave me a hard time, but now with the good training facilities thanks to the sponsors I believe I can beat her, ” she added.
Zarika called on the the Kenya boxing federation to put in more efforts in supporting the sport and upcoming fighters in the country.
“The boxing federation is not as strong as it should be, and not everyone who is there has the will to help the sport grow because of their selfishness."
“We need to change the approach for the sport to grow because as you have seen from the crowds on Saturday, the sport has massive following,” she said.