Elvis ‘The Bomber’ Moyo likened to chim­panzee

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport Starts Here - Sikhum­buzo Moyo Se­nior Sports Re­porter

EX­TREME Fight­ing Cham­pi­onship (EFC) heavy­weight cham­pion Danie van Heer­den has been stripped of his ti­tle af­ter he com­pared his Oc­to­ber 15 ti­tle fight op­po­nent, Bulawayo born op­po­nent Elvis “The Bomber” Moyo to a chim­panzee.

Van Hee­den re­leased a post on so­cial me­dia but im­me­di­ately af­ter­wards deleted it be­fore apol­o­gis­ing to Moyo.

“This is what you look like to me when I see you Elvis ‘Bomber’ Moyo #looka­likes #apes #bad­boy,” read van Hee­den’s post and on it there was a chim­panzee and Moyo pic­tures side by side.

EFC has since stripped van Heer­den of his ti­tle and sus­pended him un­til fur­ther no­tice. He has been pulled from the sched­uled bout against Moyo at EFC 54 in Sun City.

“This type of be­hav­iour is com­pletely un­ac­cept­able by any­one, re­gard­less of whether you are a cham­pion or not, and will not be tol­er­ated,” EFC pres­i­dent Cairo Howarth told efc­world­wide.com.

“We will not tol­er­ate any form of racism by our ath­letes.”

An of­fi­cial dis­ci­plinary hear­ing will be held with van Heer­den and the sanc­tion­ing body, MMA SA.

Former two-time cham­pion An­drew “One Gear” van Zyl has stepped in to face Moyo at Sun City on Oc­to­ber 15 for the now va­cant heavy­weight ti­tle.

The post has drawn wide con­dem­na­tion with var­i­ous posts on Moyo’s Face­book site lam­poon­ing the dis­graced former world cham­pion.

“How much money were you pro­posed to be so racist and heart­less to in­sult the all African na­tion with a racial and worst pub­li­ca­tion?

If you’re a racist cham­pion it must only be for your fam­ily, rel­a­tives and your chil­dren but not for the EFC.

“Be­ing a true cham­pion asks to be loved and hon­oured by all the con­ti­nents and na­tions be­cause they are those who are go­ing to hold your back.

“You’re the first worst cham­pion stat­ing this kind of is­sue and racist pub­li­ca­tion in EFC his­tory.

“I am not a Zim­bab­wean, nei­ther a fan of Elvis Moyo but I’m an African so if you’re a racist go and find your own coun­try where you’ll be see­ing only your fam­ily,” posted one Mu­lumba Tshilomba.

An­other Face­book user An­tone Schute said he was 100 per­cent be­hind Moyo, adding: “You are such a gen­uine, kind, straight up per­son.

“What Danie said and did is never ac­cept­able in any way. This ‘ man’ is not a re­flec­tion of all South Africans.”

Oth­ers gave Moyo en­cour­age­ment and urged him to go out there and get the now va­cant belt.

“You are the best man and I know u will win the belt,” posted Irvin Matope.

Former EFC heavy­weight cham­pion Danie van Heer­den Bulawayo- born Elvis “The Bomber” Moyo (left) with

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