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.
Earlier today, I went back to my hood in Mathare where my love for boxing began.
— Fatuma Zarika (@FatumaZarika) September 4, 2018
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.
I caught up with @EvertonLadies ahead of my world title fight, as I train in the UK. 🥊
— Fatuma Zarika (@FatumaZarika) July 27, 2018
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”.
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.