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World Boxing Commission (WBC) champion Fatuma Zarika expects a difficult fight when she takes to the ring for her Super bantamweight title defense against Jamaican Alicia Ashley on June 30, in Dallas, Texas, USA.. 

This will be a repeat of last year’s clash between the pair where Zarika  dethroned the Jamaican via a split decision at the Dort Federal Event Center in Flint in Michigan, the US and became the first Kenyan pugilist to claim the prestigious title.

But as she prepares for the highly anticipated bout, the 31 year old stylish orthodox stance boxer who shifted her training base to US six weeks ago, is wary of Ashley’s revenge mission.

“Of course this going to be a very tough fight for both of us, but a great fight for the fans. Both of us have different targets. While I am focusing on defending the title, Alicia will be out to revenge last year's defeat,” said Zarika from her training base at Berry’s Boxing Gym, Las Vegas.

Despite the hype surrounding the fight, an extremely motivated Sportpesa-sponsored mother of two is looking forward to retain her title.

“She (Alicia) is a former champion and I know what she capable of. But having been in US for the last sid weeks I am extremely motivated and prepared for the challenge. She is of course coming out with everything she has, but I am confident I will handle her,” she added.

Asked on how excited and motivated she is after last week's meeting with her role model legendary Mike Tyson, Zarika said : “ It  is always great to have a change of environment and that’s how I came to meet Tyson.

“I was more than pleased to have met Tyson , one of the celebrated boxers in the game’s history whom I have only been watching on television. We had a lengthy talk, but he promised to visit me in the gym this week before the fight. It was really motivating and I am looking forward to meeting him again.’’


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If you are looking for inspiration ahead of a big bout, then there aren't better people to look up to than Mike Tyson, once famously known as the 'baddest man on earth.'

It's little wonder then that Kenya's most decorated female boxer, Fatuma Zarika, recently traveled to the US to pick the former world heavyweight champion's tricks.

Zarika, the reigning WBC Bantamweight champion, is scheduled to defend that title against Jamaica's Alicia Ashley later this month.

The Jamaican will be keen to wrestle back the title she lost to Zarika on a split decision barely a year ago, a scenario which makes this bout unmissable.

Zarika dethroned Ashley as the WBC Bantamweight champion at the Dort Federal Event Center in Flint, Michigan, USA. She has been doing residential training at Berry's Boxing Gym in Las Vegas with betting firm Sportpesa sponsoring her logistics as she sharpens her claws ahead of one of her biggest fights.

The Championship fight is tentatively scheduled for Dallas, Texas on June 30, 2017.

The mother of two started her boxing career as an amateur in the year 2000 after leaving school.

She turned pro the following year and has never looked back since.

She moved to the USA in February 2016 under new manager Nelson Lopez of Nelson Promotions.




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