Kenyan Female Boxer Zarika Wins WBC Title in Michigan, USA, Makes History
Kenyan boxer Zarika Njeri alias “Fatuma Zarika” made history on Saturday in Flint, Michigan, USA when she won the World Boxing Council (WBC) per bantamweight title.
The 31-year-old Zarika became the first Kenyan female to win a WBC title after defeating Alicia Ashley on point, improving her career record to 28 wins, 2 draws, and 12 losses.
Zarike, who grew up in poverty Mukuru kwa Njenga slums in Nairobi after her mother passed away and had to fend for herself, started boxing as an amateur at age 15. Watching Laila Ali box inspired Zarika to join the sport, she says.
The only other Kenyan female boxer to ever hold a world boxing title is Sarah Atieno, who is the reigning UBO super featherweight champion.