|Birth||1 January 1987, Lusaka, Lusaka Province, Zambia|
Catherine Phiri (born January 1, 1987) is a Zambian boxer. She won the title of the World Boxing Council bantam weight champion by defeating the Mexican boxer Yazmin Rivas on 30 January 2016 in Mexico.
Catherine debuted on 25 July 2011 when she defeated Zambian boxer Esther Chalwe at the National Sports Development Centre in Lusaka. She won the title of the World Boxing Council bantam weight champion by defeating the world champion Mexican boxer Yazmin Rivas on 30 January 2016 in Mexico. She became the first Zambian to win the linear WBC title after the legendary Lottie Mwale failed at the attempt on 28 November 1980 when he lost to Saad Muhammad.
Her 13th fight was on 27 August 2016 at Lusaka’s Government Complex where she knocked out South Africa’s Gabisile Tshabalala for the WBC World female bantamweight title barely two minutes into the first round after failing to respond to a flurry from Catherine. She lost the bantam weight title to Mariana ‘Barby’ Juarez of Mexico on 1 April 2017, in Mexico City, Mexico.
On 17 December 2016, Catherine Phiri was honoured by the World Boxing Council for being the first boxer from Africa to win the WBC bantam weight title. She accomplished this by defeating Yazmin Rivas. On 2 November 2017, she lost to Kenyan Fatuma Zarika in a WBC super bantam weight title fight on unanimous points decision 97-92, 98-91 and 99-92. Zarika was the defending champion.
Catherine Phiri was also given an academic scholarship from the Justina Mutale Foundations Scholarship Programme on 9 June 2016. She is expected to go and study Sports Management at the European School of Economics in Italy. President of Zambia Edgar Chagwa Lungu honoured Catherine Phiri with the Zambia insignia of meritorious achievement award for her accomplishment on Africa Freedom Day, 25 May 2017.
Professional boxing record
|Professional record summary|
|18 fights||13 wins||5 losses|