Esther Phiri enters the ring on Saturday to face Duda Yankovich of Brazil for the WIBA welterweight title at Mulungushi International Conference Centre in Lusaka.
For most fans, this is fight is expected to be the bout that defines Esther’s status after a string of modest opponents from her 11-fight unbeaten run.
Victory for Esther against champion in recess Duda will also earn her the respectable WIBA title which is the top tier in the long list of women’s boxing organizations.
Esther enters the ring on the back of a dramatic draw at Mulungushi against American Terri Blair last November in a bout she failed to land a decisive punch against the 8th ranked fighter on the WIBA welterweight class.
A decisive win winthin the distance of this 10-round bout will go some way in restoring some faith in her prowess in the ring from a public that enjoys a love-hate relationship with the fighter.
Meanwhile, Duda returns to the ring for the first time since June last year when she lost to Holy Holm in her first fight outside Brazil and injury later kept her of action before making the trip to Zambia.
With one defeat from 12 fights the Serbian-born Brazilian has vowed to bounce back this weekend after losing to Holm when she faces-off against Esther.