Female bantamweight boxer Catherine Phiri says she has to come back stronger after her interim WBC title fight loss on Saturday night.
The 22-year-old suffered her first professional loss on points to Christina McMahon of Ireland at Mulungushi International Conference Centre in Lusaka in what was undoubtedly her toughest fight to date.
“Once the judges say you have lost you have to accept defeat,” Catherine said.
“I felt emotional because I put in a lot, I can’t say I’m disappointed because if I disappoint myself, next time I won’t perform well, it’s a lesson to work on the mistakes.”
Catherine record drops to 10-1 while the 40-year-old McMahon extends her unbeaten run to 7-0.