FEMALE boxer Esther Phiri yesterday said there will be no time for luxury during her residential camp in Miami, USA.

Featuring on Muvi TV's Sportsline programme, Esther said her trip to Miami was a good opportunity to prepare for the May 29 World International Boxing Association (WIBA) light welterweight challenge against champion in recess Duda Yankovich.

Esther, who is scheduled to leave on Tuesday, is confident of a good and fruitful outing.
"There is no time to relax. I'm going to America to improve in training, I will be training in the morning and afternoon," she said, adding; "It's a good opportunity. They've good gyms. In our gym, we just have a punching bag and a tyre, but the people we fight have got good gyms."

Esther said the exposure to good training equipment in the US would help improve her technique for the upcoming fight slated for Mulungushi International Conference Centre in Lusaka.

"I don't like underrating my opponents. I can promise my fans, I'm not going for luxury. When I come back, expect new punch and tactics," the five international belt holder added.

Trainer Anthony Mwamba, who will accompany the boxer, said the trip would give Esther an opportunity to face formidable sparring partners.

National Milling Corporation (NMC) managing director Peter Cottan revealed that the budget for the May 29 bout would increase from the region of K650 million to about K800 million.

Cottan said Esther's trip, which had been sponsored by among others NMC, Zain Zambia, Finance Bank and Lamasat, would gobble more than US$20, 000.