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Zimbabwe: Chipfumbu Prepared for Powerful Examination

WORLD Extreme Fighting Championship bantamweight champion, Sylvester Chipfumbu, says he is ready to defend his title against highly-rated Brazilian star, Vinicius de Oliveira, at the weekend.

The Zimbabwean faces off against the 25-year-old at the Jiu Jitsu Arena in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on Friday.

The Gweru-born fighter, who beat South Africa’s Faeez Jacobs to the throne in May, is oozing confidence ahead of the showdown.

“EFC is obviously not a walk in the park. It needs maximum concentration and a never-say attitude,” he said.

“I am going into this fight with some added pressure, given that I am the defending champion. Obviously, it is not going to be an easy fight. “This is a fight against one of the best fighters in the world and you know, it will be very tough.

“But, I am very ready for the fight, I know I have what it takes and being the defending champion, obviously, I am not going to relinquish my title easily.

“This is an important fixture in my professional career and I am 100 percent focused on it.

“My eyes are fixed on defending the championship and I am not going to settle for less. I am very ready but I should say that I respect my opponent very much but I don’t fear him.”

The 26-year-old, who grabbed world headlines after his heroics against Jacobs in May, said he will be fighting to hoist the country’s flag. “I am honoured to be representing Zimbabwe. This is something that I have to respect,” he said.