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Bulawayo Bomber knocks out Nigerian boxer

by Staff reporter
31 Jul 2017 at 07:02hrs | Views
FORMER World Boxing Federation (WBA) Africa heavyweight champion Elvis Moyo returned to the ring with a bang after a four-year absence by knocking out Nigeria's Akeem Tijani in Namibia on Friday.

The Nigerian threw in the towel in the second round as he could not stand up to the South Africa-based Zimbabwean pugilist, who was bent on punishing his opponent in a supporting bout held in the coastal city of Swakopmund.

Going into Friday night's fight, Moyo, whose stage name is Bulawayo Bomber, had last boxed in November 2013 against Osbourne Machimana in a WBF African heavyweight title fight in Cape Town. A year later he was banned from boxing in South Africa for competing as a mixed martial arts fighter.

Moyo said he was disappointed that Tijani failed to give him a "game" and is now looking forward to the WBF Africa heavyweight title bout against Bernard Adi of Kenya on August 25 in Harare.

"I wanted to fight and knock him out, but he surrendered in the second round as I won through a TKO (technical knockout). Akeem ran a lot trying to avoid my heavy blows and got tired before throwing in the towel. Hopefully my opponent for the August 25 fight will produce a real challenge," said Moyo.

The Bulawayo Bomber's fight was a supporting bout to the International Boxing Federation (IBF) Africa junior lightweight title bout, which saw Swakopmund fighter Albinius "Danny Boy" Felesianu beating Tanzania's Yonas Segu.

Another Namibian boxer Abraham Ndauendapo claimed a continental belt by beating South African Nkosinathi Ntshangase for the WBF Africa super featherweight title.

Following Friday's victory, Moyo now has five wins from 12 boxing bouts.

His other victories were against Kali Kalembe and Stephen Castle at Emperor's Palace in 2011, Justice Silinga (2012) and Machimana in November 2013.

Moyo has lost five times to Danie Venter, Joseph Chingangu, Flo Simba and Ilunga Makaba, who knocked him out twice in 2008 and 2010.

Moyo's draws were against Machimana at the beginning of last year and Jonny Muller in 2010.

South Africa-based Kalakoda Promotions are organising the Harare bill that will also have eight supporting bouts.

Kalakoda Promotions are working with Kwese TV in organising monthly boxing fights in different countries on the continent.

Source - chronicle