Sibanda who had travelled by road from Harare to Lusaka with a handful of supporters was punched several times by Phiri and fell down in the 7th round, before telling the referee that she cannot continue with the fight.
Speaking after the match Sibanda said she was disappointed by the treatment she got from the organisers, as she had requested for the postponement of match since her medical results were not good.
“I am very disappointed by the organisers of this match, I did not want to fight as my medical results showed that I had chest pains,” said Sibanda.
Phiri the winner of two world titles said, “The match was not bad, I am now the champion. Monalisa once beat me in 2005 but this was my time. I won the fight because I listened to advice from my coach.”
Phiri’s coach Antony Mwamba said “he thanked God, as Zambia was still in winning spirit after lifting the Africa Cup of Nations Football trophy last week”.
When Phiri and Sibanda met in Harare in October 2005, Sibanda won by a technical knockout but that fight was a non-title belt. This was the first time that the two former sparring partners were meeting in a title contest, and for that matter, in a world title.
This was also Sibanda’s first international fight in three years after taking a break from boxing to give birth. Friday’s fight had also been postponed on four occasions.