Esther Phiri out-boxed title holder Duda Yankovich this evening to lift the WIBA welterweight belt at Mulungushi International conference Centre in Lusaka.
Phiri dominated Duda to win via a unanimous point’s decision over Brazilian-Serb who lost her second successive career fight.
The Zambian won 100-90, 100-95, 100-91 on the judges cards in scrappy 10-round title WIBA title fight.
Despite an untidy display from both fighters, Esther was never in any danger, out-boxing Duda in the first seven rounds before a slap-fest insured in the latter three rounds.
Furthermore, compared to her draw against Terri Blair in a WIBA welterweight title elimination bout at the same venue last November, today’s fight failed to reach the bar set by that last fight over seven months ago.
Meanwhile, Duda had points deducted in the first round for a punch to the back of Esther head.
Moreover, Duda had little to offer as Esther wore her opponent out with a barrage of body shots but the Brazilian-Serb was resilient in absorbing some punishment from a much fitter Esther who despite well ahead on the cards failed to find that decisive killer punch.
Duda also had little to offer in the counter punch with air shots, holding and slapping the hallmark of her display throughout against Esther.
The defeated champion immediately after the 10th round announced that a rematch was in order but conceded defeat blaming her 11-month hiatus from the ring due to injury for her defeat.
Esther on the other hand said the fight had vindicated her as a boxer with her handlers at the end of the fight hinting at her going to light welterweight and challenge champion Holly Holmes who defeated Duda in her last fight in June last year.
“I showed today that boxing is about using your head and not about one having muscles,” Esther said, the latter part of the statement a swipe at the well chiseled Duda.
In the supporting bouts , Kenneth Chinyanta stopped his Kenyan opponent Twalib Mubiri through a technical knock out in the third round to return his Africa Boxing Union Battamweight belt.
Ezaya Chilufya beat Pathias Kambemba on split points decision in a non title fight while Innocent Kalamashi beat Floyd Chongo by a technical knock out in the third round.
The exciting women bout between Mulubwa Lingashi and Chitalu Mulenga ended in the latter’s favour.