Zarika Fatuma Biography
Zarika Fatuma Birth name Zarika Njeri Kanghete is a Kenyan professional boxer she is arguably the best female boxer in Kenya of her era. .She is the first Kenyan woman to win the World Boxing Council Super Bantamweight Title.
Zarika Fatuma Early Life
Fatuma grew up In Mathare slums where she discovered her Talent. She was introduced to boxing by former boxing champion Conjestina Achieng. Growing up she even played football.
Her First fight was in Amateur boxing where she didn’t make money walking home with only a certificate and 50 Shillings. Since going pro in 2003, she has won over 30 matches.
Zarika Fatuma Education
Zarika Dropped out of School due to fees Issues. She dropped out to help her mother pay school fees for her brother Musa Mohammed who is the captain of Germania.
Zarika Fatuma Age
Born on March 13, 1985, Zarika is 34 years of age as of 2019.
Zarika Fatuma Married
Zarika was married but later divorced with her husband. She is the mother of two daughters, Sofia Zarika and Halima Zarika.
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Fatuma Zarika Vs Phiri
WBC super bantamweight champion Fatuma ‘Iron Fist’ Zarika beat her Zambian challenger, Catherine Phiri on Saturday night to retain her title. Zarika won after a 3-0 unanimous decision following the fight that was hosted at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre in Nairobi.
The judges, Michael Neequaye, Fillemon Mweya, and Irene Semakula gave their scores as 98-92 99-91 97-93 sending KICC into a frenzy. Zarika said that Phiri has had the last chance to snatch the title from her. The match was a repeat of the December 2, 2017 title contest at the Carnivore Grounds, Nairobi where she carried the day in an explosive fight.
Since then, Zarika went on to deliver a successful defense beating visiting Mexican Yamileth “Yeimi” Mercado in a split points decision on September 8 last year. Phiri has had three fights, winning all since then. Phiri once held the WBC World bantamweight title where she defended it once before losing it.
Fatuma Zarika World Boxing Council
World Boxing Council (WBC) women Super bantamweight champion Fatuma Zarika is confident of flooring Zambian Catherine Phiri in a title rematch at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre on Saturday.
Buoyed by her victory against the Zambian on unanimous points’ decision in December; Zarika Fatuma does not see Phiri as a threat to her ambition of retaining the world title.
The Kenyan first won the title after she dethroned the then-defending champion Alicia Ashley of Jamaica on October 1, 2016, in a shock victory in New York.
“It will be a better fight than the first one, it will not be easy for Phiri, but I have to work hard to win it. I’m appealing to my supporters to turn up in large numbers and pray for me as I’m determined not to disappoint them,” Zarika on her arrival from England.
Zarika has been training in Liverpool for the last one and a half months under the tutelage of Briton Declan O’Rourke.
“The training was good despite the cold weather in England. I’m ready for another win and to successfully defend the title against Phiri on home soil,” Zarika Fatuma said. It will be the third time for the Kenyan pugilist to the defend the title after beating Phiri and Mexican Yamileth Mercado last year.
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Phiri who jetted to Nairobi from Lusaka on Tuesday has promised to inflict defeat on the world champion in the return clash as she is not ready to make the same mistakes she made in the previous match.
“It will not be easy for Zarika Fatuma as I have come for the belt,” Phiri told Standard Sports. Retired former WBC men cruiserweight titleholder Tony Bellew, is among those expected in Nairobi from England to watch East Africa’s biggest annual boxing event.
Other than Zarika’s title fight, three more matches are on the card this weekend, which includes a match pitting Hassan Mwakinyo of Tanzania against an opponent yet to be named by the organisers.
Meanwhile, Deontay Wilder will defend his WBC heavyweight crown against Dominic Breazeale in May following the collapse of his proposed rematch with Tyson Fury, it was confirmed on Tuesday, adds AFP reports.
Unbeaten heavyweight champion Wilder will face Breazeale on May 18 at New York’s Barclays Center after being ordered to make the defence by the WBC earlier this month.
“I’m very happy that I get a chance to get a mandatory out of the way because I consider mandatories like flies buzzing around my head,” Wilder told a press conference in New York on Tuesday.
“They bother me. I’m busy. I have things that I want to do. I want to get him out of the way. I’m about to smash this fly. This is a personal fight for me. As the universe works this is a perfect time.”