Elvis Moyo stalks the ring shortly before the start of his most recent fight, against Nico Yamdjie at EFC 65 in November. Photo: Roarke Bouffe / EFC Worldwide
Elvis Moyo stalks the ring shortly before the start of his most recent fight, against Nico Yamdjie at EFC 65 in November. Photo: Roarke Bouffe / EFC Worldwide
Jared Vanderaa lands on former EFC heavyweight champion Andrew van Zyl during their bout at EFC 66 in Dcemeber. Photo: Anton Geyser/EFC Worldwide
Jared Vanderaa lands on former EFC heavyweight champion Andrew van Zyl during their bout at EFC 66 in Dcemeber. Photo: Anton Geyser/EFC Worldwide

CAPE TOWN - Sun City holds beautiful memories for millions of people across the world. A picturesque location in the middle of nowhere that is filled with laughter, love, family memories and old-school fun in the sun. But Elvis Moyo intends on planting a devastating memory of Sun City in Jared Vanderaa’s brain this weekend at EFC73.

One that will remind the American of a moment when he got rocked under the spotlights of an arena that has played host to hundreds of world-class artists, from music to martial. Jared has been tipped for big things following his impressive and colossal bout with then EFC heavyweight king, Andrew van Zyl. Despite losing the closely contested match on points, he earned the respect of many, including that of Andrew and Elvis.

“After he fought Andrew; I came through, I showed him Pretoria, I hooked him up with drinks and introduced myself. He is a lekker guy, and I told him I would love to fight him," Moyo said ahead of Saturday's bout.

“But he needs to understand that now it’s a different story when you fight the ‘Bomber’. When I hit you, you will panic and the reaction is not the same. Fighters they talk a different game and he is capable of wasting my time when he comes here acting like he is going to give me the same fight that he gave Andrew.

Elvis was disappointed to learn of the cancellation of his fight with lethal heavyweight Wessel Mostert who had to pull out of their EFC73 bout due to personal reasons. That led to Jared stepping in.

“I would have loved to fight Mostert. That fight was going to be big for me in my hometown. I told Graeme (Cartmell, EFC vice-president and matchmaker), I just need to fight and fight the big fights, that is why I am in the organisation.

“So I really hope he (Jared) doesn’t come and waste my time and he better give the best he can provide as a fighter and not hang around trying to just look for points from the judges. Im not a circle clown I am a fighter, I do not seek to entertain, I do it because I love it.”

Elvis boasts incredible knockout power that stems from his boxing pedigree. He is almost guaranteed to bless you with a knockout. In his fight with Andrew, if it were not for his underdeveloped ground game, we could have easily seen a new champion on the night. And Jared is aware of Elvis’ heavy hands.

“Elvis is a great boxer and his speed has been unmatched in the heavyweight division, so I don’t want to be put in a boxing match with him. I would rather be doing something along the lines of Muay Thai or just flying arms and triangles,” says Jared.

This fight takes place on the Main Card at EFC73 on Saturday night and will be headlined by the interim welterweight championship bout between Brazil’s Jose da Rocha and the DRC’s Gunther Kalunda.

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