UB40’s Ali Campbell sends good luck message to Kenyan boxer ahead of title defence in Nairobi

UB40 frontman Ali Campbell has sent “Big love” to Kenyan boxer Fatuma Zarika ahead of her WBC Superbantam weight title defence against Mexican Yamileth Mercado at Nairobi’s Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC) tonight.

In his video message, the 59-year-old Birmingham born British singer songwriter says: 

“Hi, it’s Ali Campbell from UB40 here.

“I’d like to wish good luck to and the Four Corners team out in Kenya for the WBC Superbantam weight title defence.

“Big love and good luck!”

Tonight’s bout will be Fatuma’s second fight in two years since she won the title in early 2017. She previously beat Zambian Catherine Phiri at the Carnivore in 2017 to retain the title, which will be on the line again tonight when she faces the Mexican fighter.

To prepare for the fight, the Kenyan has been in Liverpool for what she describes as a “month of tense and vigorous training” during which she was visited by British WBC Cruiserweight Emeritus Champion and Heavyweight Boxer Tony Bellew.

While in Merseyside, she also met up with the Everton ladies team and was presented with a personalised team jersey.

Another Brit looking forward to the fight is Gor Mahia manager Dylan Kerr who showed off his ticket for the event on Twitter, adding he was “ready for the countdown to a knockout”.

Dylan Kerr with boxing ticket
Gor Mahia manager Dylan Kerr with his ticket for the Fatuma Zarika and Yamileth Mercado fight in Nairobi. Photo: Twitter/legend3

Kerr’s Kenya Premier League winning team will also be travelling to Liverpool in November for a friendly match against Everton, with Glasgow Rangers scouts in the crowd checking out the Kenyan players.

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