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Zarika Ready To Rumble In Title Re-Match

Fatuma Zarika (left) waits to be 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

NAIROBI, Kenya- Kenyan champion Fatuma Zarika is looking forward to the July 15 Super-Bantamweight title re-match against Jamaican Alicia Ashley in Texas USA.

The mother of two says the big payday is her main driving force as she puts her World Boxing Council (WBC) title on the line against the opponent she stunned last October to lift the belt.

According to Zarika the re-match was agreed after match promoter Don Elbaum and WBC came up with monetary compensation for the Kenyan since she was not paid in the initial fight.

“I was gutted that such a high magnitude fight had no prize money. I took it as an insult given the level the game has risen to as a boxer,” Zarika explained.

The Kenyan dethroned the Jamaican via a split decision at the Dort Federal Event center in Flint in Michigan.

29th career win

The 31-year-old, who is signed by the ‘Bigger than Life Entertainment’ is in America training for the fight at the Berry’s Boxing Gym in Las Vegas.

Leading bookmakers SportPesa facilitated the logistical costs of her two-month stay in the US and Zarika believes she will repeat over Ashley.

“I have beaten Alicia before. I believe have what it takes to make it my 29th career win,” the boxer whose record stands at 28 wins, two draws and 12 loses remarked.

The boxer who was raised in Mathare Estate at the outskirts of the Kenyan capital Nairobi started off as an amateur after leaving high school.

She declined to disclose her purse for the bout that is said to run into millions of shillings.

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