Byo Bomber knocks out Ja­panese op­po­nent

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Ricky Zililo Se­nior Sports Re­porter

SOUTH African-based cage fighter Elvis Moyo knocked out Ja­panese mixed mar­tial arts vet­eran Kiyoshi Ta­mura in the fourth round of their bout in Tokyo on Satur­day night.

The Bu­l­awayo-born wrestler-cum-cage fighter shrugged off poor trav­el­ling ar­range­ments that saw him ar­riv­ing in Ja­pan a day be­fore the fight, giv­ing him lit­tle time to ac­cli­ma­tise.

In an in­ter­view from Ja­pan, Moyo, whose ring name is The Bu­l­awayo Bomber, be­lieves the vic­tory against Ta­mura had opened op­por­tu­ni­ties for him overseas.

“I’m ex­cited be­cause I worked hard for this vic­tory. I had to shed off six kilo­grammes from 118kgs to 112kgs in a short space of time. My op­po­nent is a top wrestler and as such, I had to be cau­tious, look out for those kicks and get him with quick com­bi­na­tions. It’s my hope that after this fight I’ll get more overseas bouts,” said Moyo.

Satur­day’s bill was 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.

Moyo was us­ing Satur­day’s fight as part of his prepa­ra­tions for the heavy­weight ti­tle bout against Ex­treme Fight­ing Cham­pi­onship Africa (EFC) cham­pion Danie van Heer­den in Oc­to­ber.

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

The for­mer heavy­weight box­ing cham­pion said he would use pro­ceeds from his Ja­panese fight to fund his train­ing pro­gramme for the ti­tle fight against van Heer­den.

“The next 12 weeks will be busy for me as I pre­pare for the ti­tle fight against van Heer­den. I’ll un­dergo in­tense train­ing so that I’m in my best shape lead­ing to the fight. I don’t have a spon­sor, so I’ll have to foot my train­ing pro­gramme and the fight against Ta­mura came at the right time for me be­cause now I’ll be able to do so,” Moyo said.

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