WORLD Boxing Federation Africa heavyweight champion Elvis Moyo says he is ready to face off against former Extreme Fighting Championships heavyweight champion Andrew Van Zyl in a bout at the Coca-Cola Dome in Johannesburg South tonight.
The match will be beamed live on SuperSport. The fight is the third cage contest for the Johannesburg-based Bulawayo boxer who impressed on his debut in March beating Sors “Guru” Grobbelaar by a split decision.
He lost his second fight to Brendon Groenewald on a technical knockout decision in the first round in Cape Town, South Africa, last month.
The “Bulawayo Bomber” as Moyo is affectionately known, got an opportunity to fight after Lance Ceronio, who had originally been billed to battle against Van Zyl was reported to have picked up an injury forcing him to withdraw. Moyo said he was prepared for the fight in a telephone interview from Johannesburg.
“I only got to know that I would fight on short notice, but I am not scared at all. Some boxers say they are injured when they are scared of fighting, but I am not. I got to know that I would fight on short notice, but as someone who is always in the gym, I had to take up the chance. I am taking the opportunity because I want to gain experience in cage fighting,” he said.
Moyo said his first victory motivated him.
“I won the first fight and lost the second. Winning my first-ever cage fight motivated me. I think the referee made a mistake in my last fight. But I am ready for this opportunity,” he said.
Van Zyl said is aware of the danger that he faces from the Zimbabwean boxer as he is reported to have said: “Moyo is going to have clean KO power going all the time. The pressure’s on me, here. He probably only needs one good punch to end it, which means I won’t be making any mistakes. It’s up to me to set the tone of this fight, and take it where I want it.”