Meet the new EFC champ
Harare – New World Extreme Fighting Championship (EFC) bantamweight champion, Sylvester Chipfumbu of Zimbabwe, showed no emotion after dethroning South Africa’s Faeez Jacobs last weekend.
That this was his first pro title seemed not to matter much for the 26-year old. But when his mother congratulated him, he broke down.
Never mind that she was against the idea of him getting into martial arts as a child, he says he owes everything to her.
Chipfumbu speaks of how his single mother struggled to make ends meet.
“And there were seven of us and all the pressure was on her. We would constantly move from this place to the other looking for cheaper accommodation. I mean, it was a tough life. I get emotional when I start talking about it. It was very difficult growing up; tough.
“I salute my mom as she managed to send us, all the seven of us, to school and some of my siblings even went to university.”
He of all people is surprised that he has become an EFC champ and yet at school his legs could not generate enough power to kick a football 40m.
“I used to play soccer at school. I was very small and skinny. I couldn’t even kick a ball to the centre of the pitch, I had no power,” he laughs. “Then one of my friends convinced me to join karate.”
But his mother was none-too-pleased.
“My mother didn’t want me to partake in karate, she thought it wasn’t for me, maybe because I was skinny and small. But that was about the same time she moved to South Africa and I took advantage of her absence to start training back home. And by the time she came back I was already part of the Zimbabwe national team and she wouldn’t stop me this time around.”
Now he is an EFC champion and he promises more to come from him.