The Bomber expects tough fight

HARARE - Zimbabwean boxers Elvis “The Bomber” Moyo believes Ukrainian Mark Pedyura will provide a big challenge when he attempts to defend his WBF Africa Heavyweight title at the City Sports Centre tonight.

Both boxers made weight during yesterday’s weigh-in, with Moyo tipping the scale at 122.9kgs while Pedyura weighed in at 108.9kgs.

Moyo, who is based in South Africa, will put his title on the line for the second occasion since winning the vacant belt last year, but it will be the first time he has done so against European opponent.

Speaking ahead of tonight’s bout, Moyo said he expects a tough fight from Pedyura but declared himself ready.

“I’m always excited. I always bring drama. The guy is a little bit experienced and I am hoping he will bring a good challenge but I am also planning to stop him,” Moyo said yesterday.

“The good he comes, the better I become. As you can see I’m going international and that is my first step into Europe. He is taller but it works two ways. He is taller, he is a large target I cannot miss him with any punch I throw.

“I know how to chop the tree. I have fought difficult opponents before. I expect him to resist. Sometimes the fighter looks tough before you enter the ring but the moment you hit him it turns into a miserable fight.

“I would want him to resist and punch back so that he can bring the best in me. Competition is always good that’s what fans want to see.”

In another big fight on the undercard, WBF African Cruiserweight champion Chamunorwa “Sting” Gonorenda will take on Djokito Sakuji of the Democratic Republic of Congo in a non-title bout.

Gonorenda, who is returning to Harare for the first time since beating Tanzanian Kaminja Ramadan for the WBF cruiserweight belt last year, sees every reason to be confident saying he is excited about being involved in a huge night of boxing.

“I’m more than ready now. I’m here to win. He cannot come all the way from DRC and beat me in my own backyard; no ways. This is my territory and it my duty to protect it,” Gonorenda told the Daily News this week.

In other bouts on tonight, Monalisa Sibanda will fight Chiedza Homakoma for the Zimbabwe Lightweight crown while Wesley McDade has a date against Chris Bobo of the Democratic Republic of Congo in a six round Super Middleweight title fight.

The in-form Tinashe “Chairman” Mwadziwana faces Ronald Tamani for the coveted Zimbabwe Super Bantamweight title.

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