Khalil Akleker And Johan Van Staden Ready For Battle

Johannesburg (South Africa) – Explosive lightweight action has been added to the EFC AFRICA 17 fight card. Khalil Akleker (1-1) will prepare to fight Johan van Staden (8-5) at Carnival City’s Big Top Arena on 23 November.

A lot of van Staden’s wins were the result of heavy punches and elbows, and he is feeling very confident about his encounter with Akleker. “I have been training hard and can only try my best, but I think it is safe to say that I am going to give him a hiding,” says Van Staden.

Akleker, who comes from a background loaded with Jiu-Jitsu, wrestling and Muay Thai experience, put up a tough fight in his EFC AFRICA debut against the experienced Wade Groth, and he is thoroughly amped for his bout against Van Staden. “I think Johan is a good opponent. He has had a lot of experience but of course I think I am going to win. You saw my last fight, standing or not, I am going to finish it and be the winner,” says Akleker.

EFC AFRICA 17, presented by MusclePharm, takes place at the Carnival City Big Top Arena on 23 November. Tickets on sale at Computicket and tickets for the live broadcast to Nu Metro Cinemas available at The three main card bouts will be broadcast live across Africa on, starting at 22h30 CAT.