World Women International Boxing Federation (WWIBF) flyweight boxing champion Esther Phiri has received international acclaim from different world women boxing organizations.
Phiri has been rated eighth in the world lightweight category.
Her promoter and trainer Anthony Mwamba told ZANIS in an interview that Phiri has
been rated 8th by the World Women Professional Boxing Federation ( WPBF) of the
However, Mwamba said it is disappointing to note that Kelly Cofer, the U.S boxer
beaten by Phiri is rated third on the latest WPFP rating.
The table is led by U.S boxers Valanna Mcgee and Chevel Hallback as first and second
contenders for the vacant title of the WPBF lightweight category.
Phiri has also been recognised by other major world women boxing organisations such
as the Women Unification Boxing Organisation who have ranked the Zambian female
Phiri who was found in a relaxed mood at the Mumana Pleasure Resort along Great East
Road is preparing her first title defence against Bulgarian challenger Monika
Valentinova Petinova who recently said Phiri was keeping the WWIBF flyweight belt.
Mwamba however said while her boxer has accepted Petrova’s challenge, he has
prepared his boxer so well that the belt would remain in Zambia and not in any other
” Zambia has to lead while others follow. In fact after this I want Esther to grab
three other women boxing titles in the world, ” he said.
He said his boxer was covering 21 kilometers every morning and later does various
trainings such as shadow boxing and sparring including 16 minutes of skipping before
her title defence.
AndÂ Phiri has urged fellow Zambian women to take up boxing saying they should not
fear punches because its like any other sports.
Phiri has encouraged adolescent Zambians especially young women to engage in various
sports activities not only to guard against unplanned pregnancies and have sexually
transmitted infections (STIs) but become disciplined and focused.
” I would advise my fellow young Zambians to engage in sports as it would take up
most of their time which they would spend drinking and engaging in many anti social
She urged government through the Local government and Housing and the ministry of
Education to jointly set up funds to construct new and rehabilitate existing sports
infrastructures and community halls to enable the general publicÂ engage in sports.
Meanwhile,Â Mwamba has thanked government for the support rendered to Phiri as she
prepares her title defence.
Mwamba said it was because of this support that the private sector like National
Milling and Holiday Inn that others have also joined to support the local boxer in
preparing for her defense.