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Esther Phiri quits boxing

Time Posted: February 12, 2013 4:42 pm
Female boxing sensation Esther Phiri shows of

Female boxing sensation Esther Phiri shows of

Zambia’s sensational boxing heroin, Esther Phiri has quit boxing. It is believed that frustration has forced Esther Phiri to quit the sport, following the descision by Zambia Professional Boxing and Wrestling Control Board (ZPBWCB), a boxing motherbody, to slap her promoter and trainer, Anthony Mwamba, with a three month ban.

“It is with a heavy heart that I have reached this decision to retire from active boxing a sport I love so much. But I could not continue because of the many frustrations from the people entrusted to run the affairs of the sport,” Esther said in an interview in Lusaka yesterday.

“People might think I have lost my senses but this is the best decision to take and I did not even tell my manager whom I know is annoyed with my decision,” she added.

Esther said it was embarrassing for a World Champion to have her trainer banned from active boxing champion wondering how the board expects her to train without her instructor, who is banned from all boxing activities.

She said she did not agree with the ZPBWCB decision to impose a 90 days ban on Mwamba, whom she said, the board would have called to correct him if indeed they had found him wanting.

“I was really hurt when I heard that my manager has been banned. It was so embarrassing to me as a World Champion. How do people around the World say about a champion whose manager has been banned and striped off his boxing licence?

The decision may be long overdue, but Esther according to Muvi TV Sports News, said that there was a lot of jealous individuals that have worked hard in tarnishing her image.

The household female boxer retires professionally unbeaten, having won her last fight against Zimbabwe’s Monalisa Sibanda in the Women’s International Boxing Association and World Boxing Organisation title fight last year.

Early last month, Esther hinted that she may not get back in the ring after admitting that she had become overweight for the sport, and claimed she had achieved all a boxer could achieve.

Meanwhile, National Heavyweight Boxing Champion Francis ‘Galagata’ Zulu says the quitting of Zambia’s sensational boxing heroin, Esther Phiri, is a big blow to the boxing fraternity.

Zulu says Esther was an inspirational boxer to both old and new comers and her decision to quit has rather come just too early.

Speaking in an interview with ZANIS in Lusaka today, Zulu said it was no doubt that Esther lifted the boxing sport in Zambia.

He said boxers in the country would respect her decision to resign from boxing though it is too painful.

He described the quitting as a move that has un-settled many stakeholders who have received the decision with great shock.

“It is too early for Esther to quit boxing and it is a big blow to the nation because she lifted the boxing fraternity in particular and Zambian flag higher.

“I respect her decision to resign from boxing but we cannot force her to remain in sport,” Zulu lamented.

He thanked the government and other private institutions that rendered support to the female boxing legend and six-time world boxing champion and that it should not relent but to continue rendering support to the remaining active boxers.

Zulu has urged female Zambian boxers to emulate Esther by working very hard to lift the boxing fraternity.

ZANIS

51 Comments

  1. vote
    flag Mwanamfumu says: Mwanamfumu
    February 12, 2013 at 4:53 pm |

    Just enjoy your marriage life and RDA money naiwe Esther. Why do you want to send a wrong massage? Ifimano fyabuhule!

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      flag Nostradamus says: Nostradamus
      February 12, 2013 at 9:42 pm |

      RDA money kekekeke.. but mwamutuka, fapu!! like you pulled her G-string!

    2. vote
      flag Pastor f says: Pastor f
      February 13, 2013 at 2:15 pm |

      you are right my brother…..she is childish with komboni manners…she reacts to anything….let them enjoy RDA money…tombanoko Esther Phiri

  2. vote
    flag Mo taim says: Mo taim
    February 12, 2013 at 4:58 pm |

    Good decision.It is always nice to quit while on the top.I support her decision.

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      flag Mo taim says: Mo taim
      February 12, 2013 at 5:03 pm |

      Ala nashifula mwandi tusha next time bakakuma kumabu.Hope your plan b(Financial stability)is a well executed one coz we don`t want you to join a list of former boxers who ended paupers at the end of the day.

    2. vote
      flag Mo taim says: Mo taim
      February 12, 2013 at 5:05 pm |

      Wanted to say who ended up being paupers…..

  3. vote
    flag Bakaonde says: Bakaonde
    February 12, 2013 at 5:00 pm |

    I salute Ester for taking that direction. It is better to quite with pride than waiting to be defeated. I am sure she has invested her purse monies in some properties to assist her in future. I wish you the best and sure the best is yet to come

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  4. vote
    flag Nobert says: Nobert
    February 12, 2013 at 5:02 pm |

    Wacitabwino Esther. Fileke mwandi, before you go down. You are a heroin

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    1. vote
      flag Distant Drums says: Distant Drums
      February 12, 2013 at 6:57 pm |

      @3 Nobert,
      I hope you wanted to say she is a heroine not heroin.

    2. vote
      flag GK says: GK
      February 13, 2013 at 9:27 am |

      No he meant heroin. Lisukulu lyamuli ba FTJ (MHSRIP) lyalenga fyonsefi but natumfwa message boss. Esther is a drug. LOL!

  5. vote
    flag JuJU says: JuJU
    February 12, 2013 at 5:04 pm |

    Perfect and mature decision Esther. Wish you all the best. You did us pride as Zambians.

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  6. vote
    flag Tim says: Tim
    February 12, 2013 at 5:14 pm |

    Good luck, my sister with God’s blessing!

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  7. vote
    flag blacky says: blacky
    February 12, 2013 at 5:19 pm |

    akali kukucita mudala uja ujeni..hahaha..board director..lol..sad you gone my gal..

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    flag WTF says: WTF
    February 12, 2013 at 5:26 pm |

    Fact: Easter cant fight anymore competitively bearing in mind lifting that RDA chairman’s weight in the night daily.
    The issue of jealous is nonsense.See why school is important<part ways without blaming anybody sha!

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      flag ndobo says: ndobo
      February 12, 2013 at 5:41 pm |

      @WTF,,, chi color taufwa…..hahahahahahah

  9. vote
    flag The Saint says: The Saint
    February 12, 2013 at 6:09 pm |

    Fine for her. She has done her part in the proffession.

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  10. vote
    flag Trigo says: Trigo
    February 12, 2013 at 6:18 pm |

    Great decision whilst still a champion and that’s what she will be remembered for,Unbeaten.

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  11. vote
    flag Umwina Zed says: Umwina Zed
    February 12, 2013 at 6:22 pm |

    As far as I know this sport is dead in Z. We never learnt from Gibson Nwosu and Wilfred Sauerland when the two were in control

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  12. vote
    flag malinso says: malinso
    February 12, 2013 at 6:38 pm |

    Easter PHIRI is finished now by NSANDA, i think anthony mwamba was doing something with ester manje with the coming of PF pompa fighter, illie nsanda had to finish that ka bemba man by using his powers vested unto him by PF ehhh..ndeloleshafye

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    flag GUNDIXY says: GUNDIXY
    February 12, 2013 at 7:11 pm |

    Whether for this reason or not, this is the right time for you to leave active boxing. Good decision, think carefully about your future now.

    Thank you for making us proud mwana wasu!

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  14. vote
    flag faza says: faza
    February 12, 2013 at 7:26 pm |

    good decision. After all, this sport is also for failures/G7s that can’t make it in life. if you reason carefully, you will find that people use the punches boxers get to make money for themselve- shows why educated people like most bloggers cant join it!

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  15. vote
    flag Kalu says: Kalu
    February 12, 2013 at 7:48 pm |

    Linking her quiting to Anthony’s suspension is a complete lie.When she last fought the Zimbabwan,she was not “medically fit” to fight,nor was she suppose to fight ever again.She can never pass medicals,that is the real problem.Try and guess what she has in her blood?

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      flag Cumbu Munshololwa SC says: Cumbu Munshololwa SC
      February 13, 2013 at 7:13 am |

      Spot on. Zambians easily forget what they read.

  16. vote
    flag Lsk man says: Lsk man
    February 12, 2013 at 9:05 pm |

    Best way to retire undefeated(Rocky Maciano style).

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  17. vote
    flag sana says: sana
    February 12, 2013 at 9:16 pm |

    No matter what the reason behind may be, i think more of it has to do with the dude, i for one wouldnt quit any carreer of mine for any James bond or Brad PItt! I dont have respect for women who give up their lives for a man, shame on you ambuya Esther!
    That man must have been fearing all the time that blows might fly, i bet he was the woman in the bed room!

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  18. vote
    flag NACHI says: NACHI
    February 12, 2013 at 9:18 pm |

    Is it true that she is pregnant?

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  19. vote
    flag Mirriam Nkosha says: Mirriam Nkosha
    February 12, 2013 at 10:48 pm |

    There is time for everything.

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  20. vote
    flag chinyama says: chinyama
    February 13, 2013 at 12:17 am |

    enjoy your retirement mwandi the actual reason behind your hanging up doesnt matter at this stage.

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  21. vote
    flag Kanjimaano says: Kanjimaano
    February 13, 2013 at 12:43 am |

    Can some please tell us why her trainer was suspended for 3months and stripped of his licence.. He might have committed a crime??? Please anyone with information about Mwamba to come forward.

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  22. vote
    flag I speak my mind says: I speak my mind
    February 13, 2013 at 3:35 am |

    Enjoy your retirement!! You do not have to prove to anyone anything. You have put our country back on the world map again and made us proud. When no other sport could do it, you did all by your toil and sweat. You remind me of Lottie Gunduzani Mwale. A word of advice though! do not stay in a relationship that is not sanctified. To be respected, crown your relationship with a vow as is prescribed by God as well as our own culture. Good luck in your future endeavours.

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    flag Luundu says: Luundu
    February 13, 2013 at 4:39 am |

    In a GLADIATOR sport like boxing,where violence is lawful, where nose bleeding is a normal thing, where targeting the head where the brain habitates with sledge hammer blows is quite ‘reasonable’ any boxer who quits must be applauded. Boxing is a violent sport and the calls to ban it are growing worl wide. Well done ESTHER.

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  24. vote
    flag TONY BLAIR says: TONY BLAIR
    February 13, 2013 at 7:58 am |

    yet so called educated pipo like u are not even one tenth of what she has. talent comes in many forms, could be education,sport etc make good use of what God almighty has given you. Hullucinating yourself in your simple forged degree will bring grief to you soon.

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  25. vote
    flag Mpangula Mputyu says: Mpangula Mputyu
    February 13, 2013 at 9:03 am |

    We all know u are HIV+. Boxers who are HIV+ are not allowed to BOX. Im not spiting u. But as a role model come out in the open and break the stigma.

    We knew with your involvment with Nsanda this was coming to pass.

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  26. vote
    flag Tiiza says: Tiiza
    February 13, 2013 at 9:08 am |

    None of your fights were impressive. Fluke wins..

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  27. vote
    flag shimaini says: shimaini
    February 13, 2013 at 9:10 am |

    So mama Ester is so annoyed with Zambia Professional Boxing and Wrestling Control Board such that she even got pregnant? Dont accuse innocent people

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  28. vote
    flag THE PRINCE says: THE PRINCE
    February 13, 2013 at 9:25 am |

    GOOD TUSHA MWANDINI, KUTI BAKUKONTOLA ILINO??

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  29. vote
    flag THE ONLY LIVING JAY says: THE ONLY LIVING JAY
    February 13, 2013 at 9:33 am |

    For Esther Phiri to attribute the retirement from active boxing to the suspension(for whatava reazon) of Anthony Mwamba, iz very misplaced and baseless. However, there’z nothing wrong in hanging up the glovez now(and timely so). Nobody should decide who our retired heroine boxer choozez to associate with, and if or not to get in a family way. The best we can do iz wish her well and advize that she uzez her hard earned “wealth” to plan the future.

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  30. vote
    flag MONKOSWEE says: MONKOSWEE
    February 13, 2013 at 9:57 am |

    your forged degrees will soon cause grief in your life better be humble in life and nature your God given talent. Ba Mushota we know that you are one of the characters with forged credentials!!!!

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  31. vote
    flag luvb says: luvb
    February 13, 2013 at 10:30 am |

    i wonder were this country is going, the so called educated people of zambia, possibly future leaders are debating on a straight foward issue, and yet they are real issues pending, think straight ,let us develop our country.

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  32. vote
    flag BO MUNYENGE MUNYENGE says: BO MUNYENGE MUNYENGE
    February 13, 2013 at 10:38 am |

    @ CHIMBWII VERY INTERESTING COMMENT YOU HAVE POSTED!!! EVERY VP HAS HAD A BONKEE AT ZNBC
    I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHO WAS DOING GEORGE KUNDA BIG TIME, IS IT?

    A)NAMAKAU
    B)DOREEN
    C)EVELYN
    D)CLAUDETTE
    E)PATRICIA ELIS

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    flag MONKOSWEE says: MONKOSWEE
    February 13, 2013 at 10:39 am |

    @ CHIMBWII VERY INTERESTING COMMENT YOU HAVE POSTED!!! EVERY VP HAS HAD A BONKEE AT ZNBC
    I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHO WAS DOING GEORGE KUNDA BIG TIME, IS IT?

    A)NAMAKAU
    B)DOREEN
    C)EVELYN
    D)CLAUDETTE
    E)PATRICIA ELIS

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  34. vote
    flag gweny says: gweny
    February 13, 2013 at 11:09 am |

    @MUNKOMSWEE

    whi finger pointing, that sounds childish

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  35. vote
    flag jelitta says: jelitta
    February 13, 2013 at 11:33 am |

    Ilihule!Very dull

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      flag Chase Maketula says: Chase Maketula
      February 13, 2013 at 4:50 pm |

      @Jelitta, tabami tall mber po imwe??? How innocent are you? If not cast the first stone?

  36. vote
    flag jk says: jk
    February 13, 2013 at 12:27 pm |

    Hello
    Look Esther loves money too much she do any thing for that , she knows that she is not medically fit she has tried to use Peter Cattan and Nsanda to force the board to allow her fight but they have failed . She must just go out of boxing because she is not fit and no can risk his business for her .

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      flag Chase Maketula says: Chase Maketula
      February 13, 2013 at 5:01 pm |

      @jk, how fit are imwe?? How do you declare others unfit without proven evidence. Don’t you know that your left side of your heart is swollen??? I personally has spiritual eyes and i cannot confidently say see and say that you are also NOT fit. And you kick the bucket anytime. Ba kolwe, basekeno ifipatoo…!!!

  37. vote
    flag ZNBC says: ZNBC
    February 13, 2013 at 1:15 pm |

    Awe mwandine i am also tired with these fellow workmates pa ZNBC, ubuule bwacila, this place is cursed., nga ma issues yakutopinga awe mwandine nikatwishi.

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  38. vote
    flag ALICK NKHATA ROAD says: ALICK NKHATA ROAD
    February 13, 2013 at 1:21 pm |

    Is Maureen the sports report still around? I used to drink with her at Makaveli Bar at town centre in 2001/2002 and 2003. Pantu she was a mama wa luse, she could give anyone in need.

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    flag james chilufya says: james chilufya
    February 13, 2013 at 1:46 pm |

    All she needs to tell us is that she has found something in marriage. Its not good to cheat, some1 has been giving her money there4 need to get more fights. Please enjoy ur marriage but remember that one day you will lose the RDA chairman just like the other one did.

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  40. vote
    flag APATEBETEBETA LESA TAPAFUMA CHUSHI says: APATEBETEBETA LESA TAPAFUMA CHUSHI
    February 18, 2013 at 11:25 am |

    ESTER IS RICH, NOW, I KNOW SOMEONE BY THE NAME OF ESTER, BROUGHT UP IN KAWAMA LUANSHYA. SHE BEHAVES LIKE ESTER PHIRI, SHE IS EQUALLY FROM A VERY MISRABLE LIFE, NOMBA UKUBA TWALWA KU BANTU AWE MWANDI, SHE BEHAVES LIKE A HEADLESS CHICHEN, PEOPLE FROM MISRABLE FAMILIES ARE VERY DIFFICULT TO CONTROL WHEN THE SEE MONEY. REASON THE SAY MUKOMBONI MWAKUFYALILA NOT UKUKULILAMO, CHILDREN BECOME SOMETHING ELSE, SO ESTHER THE NEIBOUGHS ARE IN TROUBLE. INSTEAD OF BEHAVING SHE IS MISBEHAVING.

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    flag man made says: man made
    June 1, 2013 at 9:59 pm |

    Its your choice esther no one has the right to deprive you

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