KOT ‘judges’ declare Zarika the loser in Phiri fight


Fatuma “Iron Fist
Fatuma “Iron Fist" Zarika (R) of Kenya is declared winner against Zambian opponent Catherine Phiri by a unanimous points decision to retain her World Boxing Council (WBC) World super bantamweight title during the Nairobi Fight Night at Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) on March 23, 2019. Photo/Stafford Ondego/Sportpicha

In Summary

  • Shortly after Fatuma 'Iron Fist' Zarika's decisive unanimous decision victory over Catherine Phiri, fans began to conjure up conspiracy theories that the result had been fixed
  • Zarika, the World Boxing Council (WBC) women Super bantamweight champion, dominated Phiri in the opening rounds but the Zambian overcame her slow start and seemed to be flourishing before the bout was ended in the 10th round

Shortly after Fatuma ‘Iron Fist’ Zarika’s decisive unanimous decision victory over Catherine Phiri, fans began to conjure up conspiracy theories that the result had been fixed.

Zarika, the World Boxing Council (WBC) women Super bantamweight champion, dominated Phiri in the opening rounds but the Zambian overcame her slow start and seemed to be flourishing before the bout was ended in the 10th round.

There was hardly any trace of disappointment on Phiri’s face as Zarika’s hand was lifted into the air in declaration of her victory but ‘corruption’ was the most common word that fans tweeted at the end of the Nairobi ‘Fight Night’.

Those who defended the judges’ unanimous decision claimed that while Phiri threw more punches, she missed her target as compared to Zarika who’s composed shots were cleaner and decisive.
 

The two were clashing for the second time with Zarika emerging winner by another unanimous decision during their first fight in 2017.

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