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Kenya’s Zarika Dethrones Jamaican to win WBC Title

Fatuma Zarika (left) is crowned the World Boxing Council (WBC) Super Bantamweight champion in October last year when she defeated Jamaica's Alicia Ashley in the United States. PHOTO/File

Kenya’s Fatuma Zarika dethroned veteran boxer Jamaica’s Alicia Ashley as the WBC World Super Bantamweight Women’s champion at the Dort Federal Union Event Center in Flint, Michigan, USA.

Judges Herman McKalpain scored 96-94 and Ray Michaux 97-93 both in favour of Zarika while judge Katealia Chambers tallied 94-96 favouring Ashley.

With the title win Zarika, 31, improved her record to 28 wins, two draws and 12 losses as Ashley, 49, the oldest all-time world champion now has 23 wins, a draw and 11 losses.

The first two rounds saw the Brooklyn based Ashley, hailing from Brooklyn circled the ring throwing just enough punches to keep Zarika on guard. The Kenyan began to break through in the third round as Ashley slowed and landed the fight’s first hard punch after trapping Ashley in a corner.

The fourth round saw one of the bouts best exchanges just before the bell as the ladies traded big shots. The action continued at a good pace in the fifth round as the pattern was now clearly established.

Zarika was able to close the distance with Ashley in the second half of the fight and thus step up her connect rate. Round nine was an excellent one for the Kenyan as Zarika landed multiple big right hands to Ashley’s head.

The final round saw Zarika maintain the pace she established from the opening bell as she closed the fight well.

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