Boxing: Nigerian Knocked Down In Namibia
Nigeria’s Akeem Tijani failed to give a good account of himself when he squared up in the ring against former World Boxing Federation (WBA) Africa heavyweight champion, Elvis Moyo over the weekend.
Though Moyo was only staging a return into the rings after a four-year absence owing to a ban, he had enough firepower in him to knockout his Nigerian opponent.
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 the coastal city of Swakopmund.
Going into the bout, 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.
Following Friday’s victory, Moyo now has five wins from 12 boxing bouts.
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