I was robbed, ‘sad’ Mercado says after Zarika defeat


I was robbed, 'sad' Mercado says after Zarika defeat
Yamileth Mercado (L) of Mexico attacks Fatuma Zarika of Kenya during their WBC Super Bantamweight title fight staged at KICC in Nairobi on September 08, 2018. Zarika won the bout in a split point decision. Photo/Stafford Ondego/Sportpicha

In Summary

  • Mexican boxer Yamileth Mercado who lost to Kenyan Fatuma 'Iron Fist' Zarika in a World Boxing Council super-bantamweight title fight on Saturday has dismissed the decision of a three-bench judge to award the fight to the latter on split decision as "unjust".
  • In a series of tweets, Mercado, 20, who engaged Zarika in a rough 10-round bout at the Kenyatta International Concention Centre on Saturday night coming close before losing 2-1 said that while she was "enchanted and grateful" to the people of Kenya, she was dissatisfied by the judges calls.

Mexican boxer Yamileth Mercado who lost to Kenya’s Fatuma ‘Iron Fist’ Zarika in a World Boxing Council super-bantamweight title fight on Saturday has dismissed the decision of a three-bench judge to award the fight to the latter on split decision as “unjust”.

In a series of tweets, Mercado, 20, who engaged Zarika in a tough 10-round bout at the Kenyatta International Concention Centre on Saturday night coming close before losing 2-1 said that while she was “enchanted and grateful” to the people of Kenya, she was dissatisfied by the judges calls.

Zarika prevailed 94-96,97-93,99-91, with judges Francis Chirwa from Zambia and Bernard Kaloki making the call on her favour while Ghanaian Eddie Papoe threw his dice with the agile Mexican who gave a good account of herself before a partisan crowd.

But when the bouts were over, it was clear that Mercado and her coaches were unhappy with the ruling as she failed to honour the final rites, as a happy Zarika was bestowed with the crown.

The fight, the biggest in recent times pitting female boxers on Kenyan soil divided opinion even on social media with some Kenyans sharing the view that the Mexican who had undergone high-altitude training in the run- up to the bout was “robbed”.

Zarika, 33, has been involved in 45 professional fights winning 31, losing 12 and drawing two compared to the 20-year- old Mercado who has been involved in 14 fights of which 12 have been wins and the rest defeats.

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