EFC AFRICA Light Heavyweight Championship
NORMAN WESSELS vs. JP JOUBERT
GARRETH MCLELLAN vs. ARMAND DE BRUYN
RAYMOND AHANA vs. JASON CULVERWELL
TYRON RIGHTFORD vs. DARREN DANIEL
LEON MYNHARDT vs. ALEX CHEBOUB
DINO BAGATTIN vs. MARTIN VAN STADEN
ANDREW VAN ZYL vs. MOHMED KARIM
CHETT MEYER vs. DONAVIN HAWKEY
LIAM CLELAND vs. TUMELO MAPHUTHA
FRANCOIS KABULU vs. DAVID BUIRSKI
BOYD ALLEN vs. ALAIN ILUNGA
LANCE CERONIO vs. DAIN NEVELING
ROGER GONCALVES vs. HECTOR BRITTS
Johannesburg (South Africa) – Jason Culverwell has a massive opportunity in front of him. After an extensive amateur career and a professional win at EFC AFRICA against an undefeated international opponent, he has been thrust into the limelight for EFC AFRICA 15. His clash with Nigeria’s Raymond Ahana is one of three main card bouts that will be broadcast to millions in Africa on e.tv. For a laid back surfer from Richards Bay, the honour is almost too much to handle.
“It usually takes fighters many fights to get where I am and it feels amazing that I’ll be on the main card!” says Culverwell. “I appreciate it so much and the more excited I get, the quicker I want the fight to get here.”
Culverwell was given the opportunity thanks to a first round keylock submission pulled off against Egypt’s Mahmoud Salama, who was 5-0 before the bout at EFC AFRICA 13. After dropping Salama with punches and knees in the opening moments of the fight, Culverwell impressed with his ground game. A win against Ahana on 27 July could set him up for title contention in the light heavyweight division, a division where Ahana already has considerable experience and is seen as one of the top prospects outside of Southern Africa. At light heavy, Ahana has two wins and two losses, having and lost on points to Sean Robinson and Jeremy Scheepers, and punched his way through Riaan Lombard and knocked Sean Robinson out with a head kick in their rematch.
“Recently I’ve been working hard on my fitness, takedowns and jiu-jitsu,” says Culverwell. “I spent some time in Durban with Wentzel Nel, Donavin Hawkey and more. I’m putting in as many hours as I can and training is very intense. I know Raymond is going to be tall, heavy and tough, but watching his previous fights hasn’t made me nervous. When I studied Mahmoud I got a bit tense, but so far Raymond hasn’t done that for me. I’m not going to underestimate him though, and I don’t have anything bad to say about him, that’s not my style. I think I can win this, and I’m stoked about having such a big stage for my fight!”
EFC AFRICA 15, presented by MusclePharm, takes place at the Carnival City Big Top Arena on 27 July. Tickets on sale at Computicket www.computicket.com and tickets for the live broadcast to Nu Metro Cinemas available at www.numetro.co.za. The three main card bouts will be broadcast live across Africa on e.tv, starting at 22h40 CAT. Full event streamed live online.