Ricky Zililo Sports Reporter
WORLD Boxing Federation All Africa heavyweight champion Elvis Victor Moyo will next year supplement his pickings by turning to the more lucrative cage fights after getting a licence.
The South African based Moyo said the move to shift to cage fights came after a frustrating boxing year which saw him fail to get boxing matches.
In an interview from his Johannesburg base yesterday, Moyo said he had received his Extreme Fighting Championship (EFC Africa) licence which is broadcast on SuperSport.
He is targeting at being the EFC Africa champion by March and is confident of realising his dream.
“I am happy that things are finally coming my way. I won the title fight last month in boxing on a month I was supposed to have my first EFC fight. After losing my contract with Elev8, I saw it proper to do something so that I make money and that led me to turn professional in the MMA (mixed martial arts) or EFC.
“I will be balancing the cage fights with my boxing career. Cage fights pay well and I know that I will dominate and become an EFC Africa champion by March,” said Moyo.
He said he will continue with boxing and will need at least three weeks between his EFC fights to train for a boxing bill.
Before his title fight against Osbourne Machimana last month, Moyo’s last boxing bill was a loss to ex-South African Junior heavyweight champion Danie Venter in a non-title fight at Pretoria North City Hall in July. In that fight, Moyo, better known as the Bulawayo Bomber, lasted the six rounds and lost the encounter on points.
Limited boxing matches cost the Bulawayo born boxer his Elev8 sponsorship.
Moyo, one of Zimbabwe’s most promising boxers, had been with the performance enhancer company for a year and according to his contract, the Sizinda born was supposed to get five or more fights before his contract ends.
After penning a deal with Brunel Laboratory owners of Elev8, the heavyweight pugilist has fought four times losing to Venter and Joseph Chingangu on points, beating Justice Silinga and a controversial draw against Osbourne Machimane.
EFC Africa stage tournaments every six weeks and Moyo will become the first Zimbabwean to participate in the growing sport which is dominated by South Africans, Ghanaians, Congolese, Nigerians and a few Egyptians. Moyo has started training for his first EFC Africa match which is likely to be next month.
“I have already started my ground training with Brian Bloch at his Godfather Gym in Bramley, Johannesburg,” Moyo said.
EFC non-championship bouts are fought in three rounds with championship matches being five rounds. Each round is five minutes.
Unlike in boxing, fighters in EFC are not allowed to enter the ring with shoes.