Esther Phiri capped her victory over Monalisa Sibanda with a rare intimate moment in the ring at Mulungushi International Conference Centre in Lusaka on Friday evening.
Esther, who knocked out Monalisa in the 7th round of the scheduled 10-round WIBO/WBA light welterweight title fight, stole a brief moment in the ring to share an intimate kiss with ex-Chimwewe MP Willie Nsanda with whom she is alleged to be very close to.
Meanwhile back in the ring, it was Esther who had more gas in the tank after six rounds in a fight her patience and outfighting skills combined with fine body shots showed a class above Monalisa’s wild punching and poor defence.
However, Monalisa did give Esther something to think about in the 4th round that she dominated after the Zambian had won the first three rounds.
The 5th and 6th were all Esther as Monalisa clutched and grabbed at her opponent including one cavalier moment in the 5th when she lunged at her Zambian opponent in futile act to secure a knockout.
At the start of the 7th, Monalisa wobbled as Esther delivered a combination of body shots before the Zimbabwean succumbed and tumbled to the canvas.
The fight also put an end to any controversy regarding their first meeting seven years ago in Harare in a non-title fight that Monalisa won via a 2nd round stoppage that camp Esther denied saying it was a no contest after the latter fell ill in the ring.
“It was not bad (the fight) I wanted to play with her first. Now she must know that am a World champion and must give me respect,” Esther said.