Cape Town - Hometown fighter Gary ‘Relentless’ Joshua is in no mood for
talking heading into his showdown with EFC flyweight king Nkazimulo Zulu in
Cape Town on Saturday.
Joshua (4-0) aims to end Zulu’s (9-2-1) three-year reign at 57kg
at GrandWest Arena, with his opponent especially fired up for his third title
‘Zulu Boy’ - the first South African to compete in the UFC’s Ultimate
Fighter Series in 2016 - has taken issue with comments Joshua made in the EFC
The former EFC bantamweight champion insists their contest is
now a personal matter.
“I’m just picturing myself moering this guy so bad because he
said something on the Countdown Show, swearing at me,” Zulu said at a press
conference on Wednesday.
“I didn’t like that. I thought he was a nice guy. I’m really
angry now. I just want to cut him so bad. I just want to hurt him. I didn’t
Joshua, who trains under Steve Bazzea at Straight Blast Gym CT
in Fish Hoek, felt little need to explain his attempts to hype the main event
of EFC 75.
“He is the champion, he should know how the media works and how
hype works and everything like that,” Joshua responded.
“If he wants to believe that he can believe that. I’m a marital
artist at the end of the day, but whatever I say doesn’t matter. At the end of
the day we are going to go into the cage and we are going to handle business.”
With Zulu pressing the matter, Joshua added: “There’s no use me
sitting here working myself, saying ‘I’m going to do this, I’m going to do
that’. So we’ll handle business come Saturday, simple.
“I’m here, I’m the guy that accepted the fight. All the other
flyweights didn’t want to accept the fight to fight you. I’m right here, I’m
not running away, I showed up. We’ll see.”
Both athletes are on four-fight win streaks.
Zulu, a Muay Thai specialist with an underrated ground game,
registered a third straight TKO of Brazilian Magno Alves (4-8) last time out in
Joshua, a Brazilian jiu-jitsu
brown belt with solid stand-up, previously got his third finish in the hexagon
by submitting Martin de Beer (7-4) with a heel-hook in March.