Johannesburg (South Africa) – Former heavyweight champion Andrew van Zyl returns to the Coca-Cola Dome on July 03. Originally set to face long time campaigner Lance Ceronio, he will now clash with Africa’s heavyweight boxing champion Elvis ‘The Bomber’ Moyo, after injury forced Ceronio to withdraw.
“It’s pretty exciting,” said Van Zyl. “I’ve sparred with the ‘White Buffalo’ Francois Botha before, as well as some other top boxers. It’s a different challenge. Of course Moyo’s going to have clean KO power going all the time.”
Van Zyl originally stated that he was looking forward to testing his chin and playing a more expansive game against Ceronio. With Moyo as his opponent, he’s taking a different tack.
“I’m taking that statement back,” he said, laughing. “You can’t jump straight into the deep end with someone like that.”
“He’s hesitant, he stays back, waiting with his right hand cocked,” continued Van Zyl. “He’s a big guy and he hasn’t been physically tested yet. If I work him up against the fence, he’s going to get tired. Moyo’s dangerous, but there are ways around that. I’ll be keeping things very tight.”
“The pressure’s on me, here,” Van Zyl concluded. “Elvis probably only needs one good punch to end it, which means I won’t be making any mistakes. It’s up to me to set the tone of this fight, and take it where I want it.”
When questioned on his own road to the currently vacant title, Van Zyl said he hoped that he’d be given the opportunity to fight at least once more before the scheduled title showdown between Christophe Walravens and Brendon Groenewald in Cape Town, November 07.
“Walravens has shown really good boxing but he hasn’t been tested in the clinch. I think he’s a good athlete, he’s gone through four people, but let’s see how Brendon does against him,” said Van Zyl of the contenders.
EFC 31, presented by BetXchange.com, returns to the Coca-Cola Dome, Johannesburg, on Thursday 03 July 2014. Tickets on sale at www.computicket.com. Book your cinema ticket to all fights live and in HD at www.sterkinekor.com. Watch the entire event live, from anywhere on the globe, via online streaming at efcafrica.tv.