Bulawayo Bomber ready for Japan bill

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Ricky Zililo @ZililoR

BULAWAYO-born South Africa-based cage fighter Elvis Moyo will this evening trade leather with Ja­panese’s mixed mar­tial arts vet­eran Kiyoshi Ta­mura in Tokyo in his first overseas fight.

Moyo ar­rived in Japan yes­ter­day morn­ing. The Zimbabwean fighter is ea­ger to im­press and said he had pre­pared ad­e­quately for the fight.

Tonight’s fight is part of Moyo’s build-up to his heavy­weight ti­tle bout against Ex­treme Fight­ing Cham­pi­onship Africa (EFC) cham­pion Danie van Heer­den later this year.

Moyo will fight van Heer­den in a bill dubbed “The big­gest stand-up bat­tle in EFC his­tory” on Oc­to­ber 15 at Sun City in Rusten­burg in South Africa’s North West prov­ince.

Speak­ing from Japan yes­ter­day, Moyo, whose ring name is “The Bulawayo Bomber”, said he was ready to break new ground in Japan.

“I’m tak­ing to the ring tomorrow night and I’m ready. I want to leave a last­ing im­pres­sion with a solid per­for­mance which could open more op­por­tu­ni­ties. I’m re­ally ex­cited about the op­por­tu­nity to show­case my talent in this part of the world. My only worry is that I didn’t get time to ac­cli­ma­tise but I’ll give my best,” said Moyo.

“I’ve been clam­our­ing for fights and this is a chance for me to prove that I’m an in­ter­na­tional fighter and not just a po­ten­tial EFC Africa cham­pion. I know lit­tle about my Ja­panese op­po­nent who is a top wrestler,” he said.

Tonight’s bill will be more of a boxer ver­sus a wrestler, sim­i­lar to that of Ali ver­sus Inoki in the 1970s.

The late boxing great Muham­mad Ali fought against pro­fes­sional wrestler An­to­nio Inoki in 1976 in a bout that in­spired the launch of mixed mar­tial arts. It was the first time a boxer had taken on a mar­tial artist and al­though the bout was scored a draw, Ali suf­fered dam­age to his legs.

Moyo will use pro­ceeds from his Ja­panese fight to fund his train­ing pro­gramme for the ti­tle fight against van Heer­den.

The fight is com­ing at a time when Moyo’s con­fi­dence is high af­ter his win against Con­golese cage fighter Ricky Misholas, whom he knocked out in a non-ti­tle bout in Sun City last month.

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