She is henched and she is ripped. Her muscles are enough to make every kawaida guy jealous and we know the kawaida guys are many. Aki and that 6-pack that is to die for …but she isn’t even finished yet. She recently received the Head of State Commendation, Civilian Division, during Kenya’s 54th Jamuhuri Day celebration. That was after defending the WBC World Super Bantamweight title against Zambian Catherine Phiri in a match that left spectators on the edge of their seat as the two women battled for the title.

Fatuma Zarika Weighs In shows her Six Pack
Fatuma Zarika Weighs In shows her Six Pack

Yes, Fatuma Zarika is the owner of Kenya’s most rewarded six pack and you can take that to the bank. Kenyans fell in love with her all over again immediately she landed in the country and the weigh in sponsored by Sportpesa, was spectacular event. As spectacular as the fight was.

Fatuma Zarika faces off with Zimbabwean Catherine Phiri
Fatuma Zarika faces off with Zimbabwean Catherine Phiri
The only sportsperson in the list

Fatuma Zarika was the only sports person in the list of 59 individuals that were feted at the Head of State Commendation award during a State luncheon hosted by President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House, Nairobi on December 12th.

Again, the accolades wouldn’t have come at a better time for the boxer after she recently outdid Zambia’s Catherine Phiri to retain the WBC super bantamweight belt through unanimous points at Carnivore grounds in Nairobi.

The role of Sportpesa in boxing

It cannot go unnoticed that Sportpesa’s role in Kenya’s boxing scene probably has something to do with Zarika’s successful defense of her title and subsequently, her reward of honor by the state.

The WBC world super bantamweight championship was held in Kenya. Sponsored by SportPesa and held at Carnivore grounds in Nairobi, the event gave Fatuma “Iron Fist” Zarika, as she has come to be known, a chance to hold on to her previous title. This time on home turf.

“From the whole set up at Carnivore, you could tell things were done professionally. We played in a state-of-the-art ring, the bouts attracted fans and sponsors, the entertainment was class and the purse money was fair enough. We rarely see things like these done by our local promoters,” said Zarika.

Kenya’s Fatuma zarika during her bout against Zambia’s Catherine Phiri on December 3 /OLIVER MORGAN
Kenya’s Fatuma zarika during her bout against Zambia’s Catherine Phiri on December 3 /OLIVER MORGAN