Zarika Njeri alias "Fatuma" was born in
in 1985. She grew up in the sprawling estates of
Riruta satellite before she moved to Mathare North
estate after her mother passed away. While at Mathare
estate, she grew interest in boxing where she viewed
it as a way of passing time and started training at
mathare 4A gym under coach Oksimba in the year 1999.
After competing as an amateur, she turned
professional in 2000 where she won several
local fights. She started viewing boxing as a way of
income for her family and from there she took it
Her first fight abroad came in
2005, where she traveled to Denmark to face Frida
Walberg for the WIBF Junior Lightweight title. Team Njeri told
WBAN, "Being a bantamweight, she admits it was hard to make
it to super featherweight [junior lightweight], but she tried her best but
lost on points."
WBAN reported at the time of this
fight, that the bout took place on June 17, 2005, at the SAS Radisson, in
Aarhus, Denmark. Frida Wallberg,
130, of Gothenburg, Sweden, remained undefeated after a 99-92, 99-91,
and 99-91 win over Zarika Fatuma [Njeri], 125
won the WIBF Junior Lightweight Intercontinental title.
According to a local report, it was reported that the fight was a
"tough" fight, where Wallberg got the upper hand by using her left
jab and right hook well, but Fatuma remained dangerous and countered
On June 18, 2005, WBAN ran a story on Njeri when Walberg alleged
that Njeri had "bit" her during their match.
Link to story
This was not a good year for Njeri in regards to our coverage of
her, as WBAN recognized her as the "Dirtiest Fighter of the
year in our Annual 2005 Yearly Awards.
Link to Awards
Team Njeri said, "Later in the year, she traveled to
Hungary to face Bettina Csabi for the WIBF-GBU bantamweight world title where she believes the fight was 50-50,
but was given to the home girl."
Csabi fighting Njeri -
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WBAN reported that on September 10, 2005,
at the Fönix Sport Center, in Debrecen, Hungary, in the co-main-event on the card, the "Hungarian Box princess" Dr.
Bettina Csabi, 116.5, won a 10-round unanimous decision and retained
her WIBF-GBU Bantamweight title when she defeated Kenyan Zarrika
Fatuma [Njeri], 118. According to JollyDee of Hungary, he said
that Csabi outpointed Fatuma [Njeri] throughout the bout, and that
fight was not remarkable or spectacular, because Fatuma committed
fouls throughout the match. Final scoring was: Imre Nagy (HUN)
98:93, Venciclav Nikolov (BUL) 98:92, Ernst Salzgeber (AUT) 99:94."
The following year, On May 27, 2006,
in Munich, Germany, Njeri traveled to Germany to fight for the WIBF featherweight title against Ina Menzer.
Team Njeri said, "She admits the fight
was a bit hard but the decision went against her and
she lost on points." Menzer won by a 10-round majority
decision, with the final judges scores of 97-94, 98-93 and 97-97.
On July 30, 2006, in Nairobi, Kenya,
Zarika Njeri (Fatuma) won by TKO2 over Monalisa Sibanda. A release
from JabJab Promotions wrote the following: "Kenya’s new
boxing sensation Fatuma Zarika Njeri stopped Zimbabwe’s Monalisa
Sibanda in a non-title fight at Nairobi’s Nyayo Stadium. Many boxing
fans had expected Zarika to lose the bout as Monalisa had impressed
earlier in the year when she stretched Women’s WBF Middleweight
Champion Conjestina Achieng only to lose on points. There were
concerns that since Monalisa had fought at Middleweight against
Conjestina, Zarika had no chance against her even though the
Zimbabwean had shed almost 10 kgs to make the super featherweight
category. Zarika who was largely unknown before the game impressed
piston style blows and surprised the full house when she floored
Sibanda in the first round. Sibanda recovered to finish the round.
However a minute into the second round after a fifty-fifty exchange
between the ladies, Zarika cornered her opponent at the white corner
with a barrage of hard punches. Sibanda went down on her knees and
referee, Vedo Okumu stopped the fight."
Sibanda had said in a post fight interview, “I am not disheartened by the
loss, boxing is a sport and I lose honourably, it was her day and I
will live to win another day."
As reported on WBAN at the time of
this fight, on November 12, 2006, at the Grand Regency
Hotel, in Nairobi, Kenya, and promoted by Osaga Promotions, Njeri won by TKO2
over Pavla Stankeova for the vacant WIBF-GBU bantamweight titled due
to the retirement of Bettina Csabi. According to our records, Stankeova had never won a boxing
On March 3, 2007, in Narobi, Kenya, Njeri won a
decision over Bulgarian Galina Koleva Ivanova in a ten-round fight
that saw the Kenyan girl have trouble with her first southpaw
opponent. The taller Galina used her reach well, keeping away from Zarika's right while making rightly timed jabs throughout the fight.
By the 7th round, the fight could have gone either way as Njieri
constantly failed to make the fight from inside to counter the
smooth movement of the Bulgarian. However Zarika came strongly in
the last two rounds to stamp her authority over the game. The fights
were promoted by Osaga Promotions with
close cooperation with newly formed Samdove Promotions. The fights
were aired live on TV, KBC Channel 1 from the Grand Regency
WBAN reported in our original report
that on May 06, 2007, at the Hood Restaurant,
in Nairobi, Kenya, in what could be described as just another pointless “title” bout
took place in women’s boxing, bantamweight Fatuma Zarika [Njeri],
Kenya, TKO’d Iliana Boneva, Bulgaria, in the seventh round of a
scheduled 10-round WIBF world title bout. Zarika was defending her
belt. Boneva is now 0-11-1. The local news media reported that the
ringside officials of Boneva’s were forced to throw in the towel to
stop Zarika from inflicting further damage. Referee Stephen Okumu
was forced from time to time to step in and free Zarika from the
grip of Boneva. Okumu warned Boneva twice, instructing the judges to
deduct points. Zarika’s record now stands at 18 fights with 14 wins,
three loses and one draw. [Excerpt from Story by Chris Musumba/Daily
Currently Njeri is ranked #7 as a
Featherweight with the WBAN Ratings System.
(Source: Team Njeri's biography, and WBAN's archived reports on