Phiri dethrones Rivas


By Felipe Leon at ringside

In a shocker, Zambia’s Catherine Phiri (11-1, 5KO) was quicker and sharper as she stood toe-to-toe with Mexican Yazmin “Rusita” Rivas (34-9, 10KO) and took a technical decision as well as her WBC Female bantamweight title after six rounds. Despite being thousands of miles from home, Phiri was fearless as she scored the better and harder punches in exchanges with Rivas.

An accidental head butt near the end of the sixth round opened up a gash over Rivas’ right eyes. Inexplicably referee Raul Caiz Sr took a point off from Phiri while the fight was waived off by the ringside doctor Ernesto Franco. The decision went to the scorecards with Carla Caiz seeing it an even 57-57 while her brothers, Sergio and Raul Jr, overruled her with scores of 58-56 and 59-55 respectively. The fight also marked a family consisting of Raul Sr, and his sons and daughter, completely officiated a title fight.

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