Moyo loses EFC heavyweight title to Van Zyl
ANDREW “One Gear” van Zyl is the EFC heavyweight champion of the world, coming back from three rounds down to defeat Elvis “The Bomber” Moyo by TKO, shown live on Kwesé Free Sports.
Moyo was able to land a few heavy punches early on, with van Zyl waiting for his chance for the takedown. In the final minute of the first round Van Zyl willingly ate a punch to close the distance and pin Moyo against the fence, but he ran out of time, only getting the Zimbabwean on the ground after the horn had sounded.
Van Zyl, as a clinch specialist, made it his strategy to close Moyo down, and “One Gear” was able to get up close to Moyo three times in the second round without managing to take him down. The Bomber continued to land sledgehammer blows while avoiding the clinch, and van Zyl ended the second round looking bruised and bloodied.
By the end of the third round “The Bomber” was looking like the winner, as Van Zyl had to take plenty of damage without making the most of his opportunities when he got Moyo up against the fence.
But with four minutes to go Van Zyl managed to mount Moyo, and from that position he was able to land some killer blows with his elbows, drawing blood from Moyo and winning with a TKO.
“What an animal, what a great fight, thank you Elvis Moyo,” Van Zyl said after the match. “This oke is an animal!”
“I’ve got to congratulate Andrew,” Moyo replied. “If he was someone else he would have been out of there the moment I touched him. I just made a small mistake at the end, and it cost me dearly.”
The night’s undercard action started with Michael ‘Tank’ Vermeulen taking on Tomasz ‘Kredka’ Kowalkowski of Poland, but it didn’t last very long as the South African forced his opponent to tap out in the first round.
The second match of the evening featured another South African, Wessel Mostert, taking on Nico Yamdjie of Cameroon.
The 28-year-old from Johannesburg known as Wess Express made light work of ‘Lion’ once he got on top of the Cameroonian and delivered a series of crunching blows to earn a TKO.
The night’s third encounter saw a welterweight clash between Bruno “Major” Mukulu from DR Congo and Henry “Herculeez” Fadipe of Nigeria.
Unlike the earlier fights, which ended in the first round, this was a more tentative affair, with much of the first round spent dancing around, with Mukulu weighing up his opponent, who himself was getting the feel of the ring, having not fought in the previous two years.
But in the second round Fadipe went on the offensive, and his long-range had Mukulu backtracking and avoiding the big Nigerian for much of the second round, an evasive approach that saw the “Major” docked a point for inactivity.
“Herculeez” went big at the beginning of the final round, and spent most of it chasing Mukulu around the ring, landing the occasional heavy blow, but mostly playing with the man from Congo, who continued to evade the Nigerian, before the referee called the fight in Fadipe’s favour due to Mukulu’s inactivity. — Online
Elvis “The Bomber” Moyo