March 22, 2019 By Kevin Omondi


There’s nothing quite like it. The anticipation of the challenge, against the patchy darkness of the auditorium. The only luminescence trained at the center of the pit, whereon glory and gore wait in the absurd: the square ring. There’s the beaming spotlight, faithfully tracking every move they make and piercing flickers from cameras that glints against their eyes. Then there’s the staccato- sharps words from their handlers that ring in their ears against the charged din of spectators, hungry and thirst for action. Their action. There must be fear- there is fear. Yet, the allure of victory, pregnant with visceral emotion that flows through their veins and pervades through the soul, can only be sated by landing a jab on the opponent- fatal enough that you hope they should know better than to rise up. It is with this fleeting sense of purpose- to rise up and above, not only our opponents but also ourselves that Sportpesa presents:




Saturday 23 March 2019, from 1600h, The World Boxing Council (WBC) Super Bantamweight Champion, Kenya’s Fatuma ‘Iron Fist’ Zarika will put her title on the line, again, against, Zambia’s Catherine Phiri in undoubtedly the most anticipated boxing event of the year. There’s something scintillating about Zarika and Phiri’s meeting. The second coming of these familiar foes will be brutal, especially since, our home girl, still carries a nasty scar of battle bestowed by the Lusaka based boxer, slightly under her left eye. Phiri has every intention of taking out on completing the job- Zarika‘s right eye and the WBC Super Bantamweight Champion belt, in ten rounds or less at the KICC, Nairobi.

Zambia’s Phiri, felt hard done, by the presiding judges who denied her the title, the last time out at the Carnivore grounds, in December 2017, despite almost flooring and definitely stunning the home supporters into silence with her infamous left hook on Zarika. Her tape, impressive, at W 16 – D 0 –  L 3 in her 19 appearances. Her finality with KOs is wanting, suggesting that she is prefers a brawl, somewhat a mixed bag for the Kenyan, whose experience, moreso as Conjestina Achieng‘s mentee and being at the twilight of her career should make for an interesting exchange of fistcuffs.

Former WBC and Commonwealth Cruiserweight Champion Tony ‘The Bomber’ Bellew is also in the country to offer his support for the Sportpesa Brand Ambassador, Zarika as well as donate kits, training equipment and tidbits of wisdom and technical expertise to Pal Pal Gym, the humble gym in Majengo that is Zarika‘s alma matter.

Tickets at:

REGULAR: Ksh 1 000

VIP: Ksh 3 000

Tony Bellew at the Pal Pal in Majengo.

Tanzanian-Kenyan Hassan Mwakinyo, remember that name is on the fast-track to becoming one of the, if not the most renowned pugilists of Tanzania if not East Africa, with 14 wins (10 KOs) and 2 losses (1 KO) in 16 since turning pro and Floyd Mayweather’s The Money Team Camp suitors, KICC will be abuzz as he punches through Sergio Gonzales. 

Hassan Mwakinyo (L) v Sergio Gonzalez (R) Super Welterweight

The Undercards:


Super Lightweight
Sarah Achieng (L) v Joyce Awino (R)


Iddi Mkwekra (L) v Nicholas Mwangi (R) Super Lightweight


Raymond Okwiri (L) v Pascal Bruno (R) Middleweight


For what it’s worth, there’s something revelatory, almost to the ultimate of one’s being about stepping up, with rules, against an opponent. The great thinkers of yore, from Plato to Pythagoras indulged in the sport in a bid to reveal something about themselves to themselves. Sportpesa’s NAIROBI FIGHT NIGHT in support of and a showcase for the sport inspires faith in the entertainment value (of which there will be ’boutfuls’) but also pay credence to one of the greatest metaphors of live: boxing!

#NairobiFightNight. SEE YOU AT THE KICC

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There’s nothing quite like boxing!

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