UBF Lost Me – Catherine Nanziri

Entering the paid ranks is not only about the fortune but rather the growth that comes along with the shift, according to female boxer Nanziri Catherine.

Nanziri is one of the three 2020 Olympians that turned professional earlier this year in February.

The trio includes Shadir Musa Bwogi and David Semujju who signed professional contracts with 12 Sports Rounds Promotions.

Catherine Nanziri and her fans at Lugogo

She would later stun Tanzanian Husnah Zamba to launch her professional stint on April 4th, at the Phillip Omondi Stadium, in Lugogo.

Since then, Catherine has not turned back and says She doesn’t bemoan her journey turning pro; “I don’t regret turning pro because I am progressing well in pro than amateur and all I need to say is that UBF made a huge loss in losing me.” She said.

Being the first female Ugandan to have competed at the Olympics has unlocked tremendous gates for her, such as automatic qualification to belt fights. She testifies.

Catherine Nanziri, the first female boxer in Uganda to qualify for the Olympics, listens to a brief about Japan from Mizumoto Horii, Deputy head of mission of Japan in Uganda, at the National Council of Sport’s head office in Kampala, Uganda, on June 17, 2021, ahead of their departure to Tokyo. (Photo by Badru Katumba / AFP) (Photo by BADRU KATUMBA/AFP via Getty Images)

“My Olympic experience has helped me a lot in terms of studying my opponents and knowing how things work in boxing. It has also made a huge step to reaching title belts faster because of me being an Olympian I qualify immediately to them.” She narrated.

Talking of studying opponents, a week ago Nanziri won uncomfortably against Salima Tibesigwa by a split decision, in the National Bantamweight title bout at the Lugogo indoor.

“Yes it was a close fight because we were both good fighters but all I need to say is that I won the fight because of my experience and belief. This is boxing so u can’t say that I expected her not to box that well because boxing is beating each other, she was a champion and I also was a champion so it was a battle of who is who.”

Nanziri declared winner

“Every boxer and her team come for wins but what they need to know is that at the end of the fight there should be a winner and a learner compared to what the judges have seen and decided,” Catherine said after the fight.

She now believes her professional voyage is on steady growth, closing into her dreams, with each day that passes.

TOKYO, JAPAN – JULY 25: Tsukimi Namiki (R) of Japan exchanges punches with Catherine Nanziri of Uganda during the Women’s Fly (48-51kg) on day two of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Kokugikan Arena on July 25, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Luis Robayo – Pool/Getty Images)

“My journey in professional is good and it’s showing me faster steps to achieving my goals. Right now am already starting to achieve my goals starting with this national title win and five years from now I see myself, conqueror,r worldwide in my weight in the boxing world and inspiring more young generations both girls and boys.”

Nanziri stopping at nothing

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