Top Five Stories From Saturday You Must Read Today

Mar 24 - by Louis Kalinga for SportPesa News

Fatuma 'Iron Fist' Zarika retains her WBC Super Bantamweight title, Ghana dim Harambee Stars to top Group F

WBC women Super Bantamweight champion, Fatuma Zarika (right) in action against Catherine Phiri in the Nairobi Fight Night 2 main event at KICC. PHOTO/SPN

  • World Boxing Council (WBC) women Super bantamweight champion, Fatuma 'Iron Fist' Zarika crowned the second edition of Nairobi Fight Night by surviving a furious assault from Zambian challenger, Catherine Phiri to retain her title
  • Tanzania boxing sensation, Hassan 'Champez' Mwakinyo sent seasoned Argentine Sergion Eduardo 'El Tigre' Gonzalez to retirement with a fifth round technical knockout 
  • Ghana finished top of Group F at the expense of Kenya in the final round of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying following a 1-0 victory over the visitors

NAIROBI, Kenya- World Boxing Council (WBC) women Super bantamweight champion, Fatuma 'Iron Fist' Zarika crowned the second edition of Nairobi Fight Night by surviving a furious assault from Zambian challenger, Catherine Phiri to retain her title with a unanimous 3-0 victory on Saturday night.

Tanzania boxing sensation, Hassan 'Champez' Mwakinyo sent seasoned Argentine Sergion Eduardo 'El Tigre' Gonzalez to retirement with a fifth round technical knockout during their men Super Welterweight contest that was the main undercard of Nairobi Fight Night 2.

Olympian and former AIBA continental welterweight champion, Rayton ‘Boom!Boom’ Okwiri caused raptures among a passionate home crowd when he put seasoned Tanzanian Pascal ‘Prince Kilimanjaro’ Bruno out of his misery with a third round technical knockout.

In football, Ghana finished top of Group F at the expense of Kenya in the final round of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying following a 1-0 victory over the visitors as Marcel Kaheza was the hero for struggling giants AFC Leopards SC when his late, late strike inspired the 12-time domestic league winners to a 2-1 victory over Western Stima FC.

Here are the top five stories from Saturday compiled by SportPesa News that you must read today:

Queen Zarika Survives Phiri Onslaught To Rule Nairobi Fight Night 2

NAIROBI, Kenya- World Boxing Council (WBC) women Super bantamweight champion, Fatuma 'Iron Fist' Zarika crowned the second edition of Nairobi Fight Night by surviving a furious assault from Zambian challenger, Catherine Phiri to retain her title with a unanimous 3-0 victory on Saturday night. In a rematch of their brutal encounter two years ago, Zarika was pushed all the way before she held on to her crown at a jam-packed dome set at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) grounds with the judges, Michael Neequaye, Fillemon Mweya and Irene Semakula returning 98-92 99-91 97-93 to spark wild celebrations among the home crowd on a hot Nairobi night. READ MORE

Ekuban Strikes As Ghana Pip Harambee Stars To Group F Top Spot

ACCRA, Ghana- Ghana finished top of Group F at the expense of Kenya in the final round of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying following a 1-0 victory over the visitors in Accra on Saturday night. Seeking to avenge their 1-0 in Nairobi in the reverse fixture in Nairobi last September, Caleb Ekuban second half goal lifted the three-time African champions to end the campaign at the summit of their pool on nine points, two above Harambee Stars with the game coming after both teams punched their tickets to the Egypt 2019 AFCON finals ahead of this encounter. READ MORE

Tanzania Hot Shot Mwakinyo Delivers Classy Gonzalez Knock Out

NAIROBI, Kenya- Tanzania boxing sensation, Hassan 'Champez' Mwakinyo sent seasoned Argentine Sergion Eduardo 'El Tigre' Gonzalez to retirement with a fifth round technical knockout during their men Super Welterweight contest that was the main undercard of Nairobi Fight Night 2 on Saturday night. Tanga-based Mwakinyo, who trained alongside boxing queen Fatuma 'Iron Fist' Zarika in the United Kingdom ahead of his grand debut in Kenya, justified his bulging reputation when he braved a stern test to his credentials from the 40 year-old opponent from Buenos Aires. READ MORE

Fists Of Fury: Okwiri Destroys Bruno To Spice Nairobi Fight Night 2

NAIROBI, Kenya- Olympian and former AIBA continental welterweight champion, Rayton ‘Boom!Boom’ Okwiri caused raptures among a passionate home crowd when he put seasoned Tanzanian Pascal ‘Prince Kilimanjaro’ Bruno out of his misery with a third round technical knockout in one of the most stirring fights of the Nairobi Fight Night 2 undercard on Saturday. Earlier, at a packed Kenyatta International Convention Centre, Tanzanian Iddi Mkwera got off the action with a second round technical knockout of home boxer, Nicholas 'Makaveli' Mwangi who bitterly protested the decision in a six-round men Super Lightweight non-title affair. READ MORE

Kaheza Heroics Power Leopards To Stima Victory, Bandari Held

MACHAKOS, Kenya- Marcel Kaheza was the hero for struggling giants AFC Leopards SC when his late, late strike inspired the 12-time domestic league winners to a 2-1 victory over Western Stima FC in a SportPesa Premier League (SPL) clash at Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos on Saturday afternoon. At the same time, Bandari FC wasted another opportunity to go top of the standings when they were held to a barren draw by Chemelil Sugar FC at the Chemelil Sports Complex. READ MORE