By Mphatso Malidadi:
The country’s top female boxer, Anisha Bashir, has moved two steps up on boxrec.com and is now rated fourth in latest rankings released two weeks ago.
Boxrec.com is one of the most reliable websites which major boxing stakeholders use to monitor the performance of boxers before pairing them for possible fights.
Katie Taylor is first in the super lightweight category while Delfine Persoon is second. Chantelle Cameron is rated third, one place above Anisha.
The Malawian can face both Cameron and Persoon if successful in upcoming fights.
Anisha, who holds the African Boxing Union Super Lightweight and the Commonwealth Female lightweight titles, said she is excited to have moved two steps on boxrec.com.
“If you check closely, you will notice that I have closed the gap on my opponents. I am now closer to the top boxers in this division. So, I need to take them on to be ranked number one,” she said.
Anisha is expected to challenge World Boxing Council (WBC) Silver Champion Chantelle Cameron before April.
The winner of the bout is expected to be given the mandatory right to challenge the WBC Women’s World Lightweight Champion Delfine Persoon later in the year.
Anisha is managed by No Pain No Gain Boxing Promotions Managing Director, Craig Rousseau, whereas trainer Clyde Musonda of Delta Force Boxing Academy of Zimbabwe trains her.
Musonda said the rating reflected that Anisha was a step away from the world title.
“Our camp is very much excited because, right now, we are one step to the world title. I have never trained a boxer to that extent [number four in the world], so this is a big achievement for me as a coach. My aim is to produce a world champion and I believe things will work,” he said.
The 22-year-old Bashir has eight knockout wins with five defeats.
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