Meet the children of the greatest boxers of all time (Photos)

 

They are considered the best among the sport and more than that they are parents.

These boxers have let us into their lives, showing off spouses and children and we love it.

Go through my list and see how gorgeous their children are:

1. Fatuma Zarika

The WBC Super Bantamweight Champion has two gorgeous daughters whom she praises.

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2. Laila Ali

She is daughter to Mohamed Ali. Laila is a fitness guru, whose diets are world famous. Mohamed also has another daughter named Hana, who leads a very private life.

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3. Floyd Mayweather

His daughter Money Yaya is a model lives a very flashy life like her famous father. She shows off money, watches, cars and airplanes that she owns. He has other children who live private lives.

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4. Amir Tyson

Son to Legend Mike Tyson. The handsome young man is an entrepreneur in his won right.

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5. Lennox Lewis’s sons

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Lennox Lewis describes himself as a Olympic Gold Medalist, Retired Undisputed Heavyweight Champion of the World. Boxing Hall of Famer. Husband, Father, Businessman.

 

‘Why I believe I will defeat Mercado,’ Fatuma Zarika opens up

Forget the match between Harambee Stars and Ghana’s ‘Black stars’ at Kasarani, Africa’s finest boxer, Fatuma Zarika is the main reason why everyone is looking forward to Saturday.

The WBC Super bantamweight champion will be bringing Nairobi to a standstill on Saturday night as she bids to defend her title against Mexican’s Yamileth Mercado in front of her fans.

The much anticipated match will take place at the K.I.C.C.

Speaking exclusively to classic105.com, Zarika who has been training in the USA and UK, expressed her optimism ahead of the bout stating that the overseas training has just but added some needed experience in her game.

“It’s such a great thing to defend my title at home for the second time,” said Zarika. I have trained really well ahead of the fight thanks to my sponsors, SportPesa.”

However, the mother of two revealed that playing on home soil doesn’t come easy, as it always piles loads of pressure on her shoulders with hopes of not failing her countrymen.

“You know how these things go. The pressure is always there in such a huge match especially when playing at home. Playing at home and abroad are two different things. At home, the fans are always looking up to you to perform while away from home, it’s just you and the opponent,”

“I have done my homework and my experience is better than my opponent’s since I have played against far much better boxers than her. The training I have had is totally different from what I used to and I believe this puts me at a great position ahead of Saturday’s fight,” she added.

“I can promise them that I am not going to let them down,”

Watch the video HERE.

Mad love for Fatuma Zarika as UB40’s lead singer Ali Campbell offers needed support

World Boxing Council (WBC) superbantam champion Fatuma Zarika will be taking to the ring later today where she will look to defend her title against Mexican heavyweight Yamileth Mercado, at the K.I.C.C

The superstar has received much needed support from her fans both locally and internationally, with Alistair Ian Campbell, joining her ever growing fan base.

Ali Campbell who is the lead singer and a founding member of the English reggae band UB40, sent a video message offering his utmost support for the Kenyan hero backing her to defend the title for the second time in a row on home soil.

“Hi it’s Ali Campbell from UB40 here, I would like to wish good luck to Zarika Fatuma and the four corners team edged in Kenya, for the WBC super bantamweight title defense. Big love and good luck!” Said the 59-year-old musical legend.

Campbell and the UB40 crew sold over 70 million records worldwide and toured the globe for 30 years.

The UB40 are popularly known for their hits songs succh as Red red wine, Kingston town, I got you babe and cherry oh baby.

Speaking to Classic105.com, Zarika said home advantage will be key if she is to successfully keep her title.

“It’s such a great thing to defend my title at home for the second time,” said Zarika.

“I have trained really well ahead of the fight thanks to my sponsors, SportPesa.”

Zarika has trained in the UK courtesy of her new sponsors and revealed she is under pressure to perform well on home soil.

“You know how these things go. The pressure is always there in such a huge match especially when playing at home. Playing at home and abroad are two different things. At home, the fans are always looking up to you to perform while away from home, it’s just you and the opponent,” she added.

Watch the video HERE

How Fatuma Zarika is ready to fight Mexican Yamileth Mercado

Kenya’s prolific female boxer and World Boxing Council (WBC) Super bantamweight champion, Fatuma ‘Iron Fist’ Zarika is full of confidence ahead of her fight scheduled for September 8. She’s been in the UK preparation for her title-defending bout against Mexican Yamileth Mercado. The overseas training program is intense and was courtesy of her partners and leading bookmakers SportPesa.

This was Zarika’s maiden trip to the UK and she was excited. In addition to her excitement, she was focused on making the most of the opportunity to improve her boxing skills and gain knowledge to be able to overcome her worthy opponent in a week’s time.

Zarika has not been in the ring competitively since December when she beat Zambian Catherine Phiri by unanimous points decision to defend her WBC Super bantamweight title at the Carnivore Grounds in Nairobi. Zarika won the brutal bout on unanimous points decision after she scored 97-92, 98-91 and 99-92 from the three international judges who presided over the fight.

Zarika has never met her opponent Mercado but has gained a substantial amount of knowledge on her strengths and weaknesses as she cooks up the perfect recipe to overcome the challenge she poses.

“I don’t know her personally but I have watched her YouTube videos and I can tell she is a really good boxer.” said Zarika

“I have seen which areas of my boxing needs to improve in order to stand a chance in the fight and that will be my main focus as I go into the next two months of training,” Zarika, the mother of two continued.

“We will welcome Mercado to Kenya, this country is full of good and loving people but I would urge her to be very prepared for the fight because I will ready.” she added

The exemplary victory over Phiri in December saw her bestowed Head of State Commendation (HSC) honour by President Uhuru Kenyatta as Kenya celebrated her 54th Jamhuri Day on December 12. ‘Iron Fist’ as she is commonly known due to her weighty right hook, is confident of a good fight in September and is relishing the fact that it will be held at home.

She urges all Kenyan boxing fans to come and show their support as one of their own battles it out to defend the title.

Here’s what you didn’t know about Fatuma Zarika and her humble background

She is the quintessential woman. An inspiration to everyone who harbors the thought of ever giving up. Fatuma Zarika has been through a lot in her life and her remarkable story might bring tears to your eyes.

Fatuma was born on 13th of March 1985 in Satellite, Nairobi. Her parents, Kang’ethe and Aisha Musa separated when Fatuma was barely seven years old. This occasioned her to be solely raised by her Ugandan mother.

Zarika attended Kabiria Primary school and during that time, her family was blessed with a brother, Hemed Musa, the only sibling that she would ever know. This happened just two years into her Primary education.

The inconceivable state of poverty that her family was in did not allow her the opportunity to further her studies after completing primary school. As her peers went on to join different secondary schools across the country, Zarika was left no choice but to fend for herself and her family. This is probably where her very apt sense of hustling began. She was keen to bail herself and her family out of the jaws of deprivation.

“I felt really bad that I couldn’t go on to the next level of my education after completing primary school. I understood that my mother was trying her best to provide for my brother and I. I had to do what I could to help out and maybe make enough money to put myself through school,” Zarika reminisced.

She began the first of her many odd jobs in order to make ends meet. Her first job was as a housemaid, one which she diligently did for a year before getting yet another year-long gig as an aid to an old, sickly woman in the neighborhood. Soon after she left her job, still at a very tender age, the teenage Zarika was blessed with a daughter, Sophia. Her daughter was born on the 12th of August, 1997.

Besides the natural joy and sense of fulfillment that comes with giving birth, there was a cloud of anxiety that engulfed Zarika’s spirit. She was troubled by the thoughts of her ability to provide for her beloved Sophia. Her family’s sense of togetherness and tireless efforts to make a better life for themselves is what kept them going for the next few years.

Zarika’s mother Aisha continued to provide as much as she could for her family and her daughter followed in her footsteps. They both displayed extreme levels of dedication, doing any work that they could find just to put food on the table at the end of the day. Meanwhile, Sophia’s father was largely deadbeat, doing little to make Zarika’s life a bit more comfortable. She then contemplated the disheartening direction her life was heading into and promptly decided it was time for a change.

“I was really desperate for change in my life and it took all of me not to give up because I had people counting on me. Seeing as I had no education and no steady source of income, I deliberated getting married and with that I left home without saying a word to my mother,” Zarika explains.

At 19-years old, Zarika moved to South B to her cousin’s house in an attempt to seek greener pastures for her and Sophia. Other than the primary needs that she needed to cater for, another huge struggle that she had to deal with was the regular medical attention that Sophia required.

“Sophia was a bundle of joy and she was one of the very few things that would put a smile on my face after every long day. Though she fell sick quite often and as a mother being unable to help by simply catering for medical expenses, is a feeling that is almost impossible for one to get over,” she stated.

The hustle of not being able to look for work because of having nobody to look after Sophia continued to be a problem weighing on Zarika’s shoulders as she constantly had to turn to her mother to look after her.

While in South B, Zarika attempted to venture into the world of sports starting with football. Unfortunately,things did not pan out well for her. She failed to display any sort of prowess in the sport and she decided to try something else.

Venturing to Mathare North in Eastlands, she met Conjestina Achieng’. The lady who went on to become the first African woman to hold an international title when she defeated Ugandan Fiona Tugume to take the vacant WIBF Middleweight crown. It was then that Fatuma Zarika’s life in boxing began.

It was a journey of hard training and she found herself fighting against her mentor, Conjestina Achieng’. The fight ended in a draw and it was evident that Zarika had finally found something she could be great at, that could be her family’s way out.