Catherine Phiri Battles to Home Town Decision Win
A home town decision heralded female teenage bantamweight Catharine Phiri arrival on the big stage with victory over Nathalie Forget on Saturday night in Lusaka.
The 20-year-old boxer ground-out to a split point decision victory in a grueling 10-round contest over her Canadian rival at Government Complex in Lusaka.
Phiri dominated the opening seven rounds before her gas tank started to run low in the latter three rounds that Forget dominated.
38-year-old Forget, with an impressive football work, pressed from round one despite being behind on the judges’ scorecards but never rattled Phiri with any dangerous punches.
Forgets hooks flew wildly and her attempts to draw Phiri to fight on the inside to try and get a decisive uppercut failed to yield any result as the Zambian kept a tight guard before dodging her way out of a potential slugfest.
Phiri’s strategy to fight on the outside and let Forget dictate the pace while the Zambian jabbed and landed hooks helped put her firmly ahead up to the 8th round.
However, fatigue set in for Phiri who had prior to Saturday only fought four-round bouts in her previous four fights.
The experienced Forget set in with body shots that clearly wore-out Phiri from round 8 to 9.
However, a late burst of energy in the final round from Phiri gave a marginal lead again although a draw in this instance would have been a fair result in this modest 10-round contest.