Phiri dethrones Rivas (TD-7); wins WBC World female bantamweight strap.

Mexico: 1/30

In a major upset, Catherine Phiri, Lusaka, Zambia, lifted the WBC World female bantamweight title from now former champion Yazmin Rivas, Torreon, Mexico, winning a seven-round technical decision when it was determined that Rivas couldn’t continue as a result of sustaining a cut over her right eye from an accidental clash of heads in the previous round.

Phiri, a professional since 2011, aggressively stood toe-to-toe with the champion getting the better of the action on two scorecards (59-55, 58-56) whereas a third judge called in even at (57-57).

With the victory, Phiri improves to (11-1, 5 KOs); Rivas drops to (34-9, 10 KOs) with the tough-luck loss.

Phiri previously held the WBC Silver female bantamweight title and the African Boxing Union female bantamweight strap.  In May 2015, she lost a bid for the interim WBC World female bantamweight title losing a ten-round, majority-decision to Canadian Christina McMahon.

The 28-year-old Rivas, a veteran of 43 professional bouts, formerly held the WBC World super-flyweight title and the world bantamweight title twice (IBF, WBC). She should be considered a betting favorite to regain a bantamweight strap for the third time.

Photo Credit: Zanfer

Mark A. Jones


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