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Zarika: I feel like a champion

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Kenyan boxer Fatuma Zarika, the WBC super bantamweight woman’s champion, is proud of her achievements.

Zarika, who got a split decision win against previous titleholder Alicia Ashley at the Dort Federal Event Center in Flint, Michigan, last month, says she now feels like a champion and promised to keep growing.

“It has been a long time coming and I am proud that I am now living the reality of my dreams,” she said

Zarika says that the road to greatness was not paved with gold, but that she overcame the words of naysayers to prove that she was destined for glory.

“There are people who doubted me and some even totally discouraged me, but I am glad that I am now proving them wrong,” she said

Zarika was born in 1985, and she had to sustain a tough upbringing at the Mukuru Kwa Njenga slum following the loss of her mother.

But she grew to overcome her challenges, rising from amateur boxing to become one of Kenya’s greatest athletes.

Among the superstars she has felled in her 15-year professional career are South Africans Rukken Koronoso of South Africa and Jasmin Kneiss of Germany, who she TKO’d at the Nyayo Stadium on March 25, 2005.



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