World Boxing Council Bantam Weight champion Catherine Phiri says she is envious of the competition among upcoming female boxers in the country.

And Phiri notes that during the time when she was starting up, there were few female boxers in the country.

In an interview with Goal Diggers! Phiri said the boxing atmosphere among females in the country was unsettling as winners kept replacing each other.

“Nowadays the upcoming female boxers do not relax like I used to because there are many. One moment of relaxing means being replaced at the next competition; it is very tough now. I’m very happy with the new crop of female boxers in the country because I know the Zambian flag will be kept high,” Phiri said.

Phiri also said there was need for the boxing federation to organise international friendly tournaments for female boxers in order for it to ascertain the progress being made.

“We need to be having international friendlies so that we measure our progress against boxers from other countries. This can help us learn more tactics and become stronger,” Phiri added.

The pugilist reminded her fans to look forward to a gruelling bout in which she would be fighting next month.