Africa’s Greatest Warriors: Kruger VS. Maphutha

Johannesburg (South Africa) – In just 13 days two of Africa’s Greatest Warriors, kickboxing champion JP ‘Tinkerbell’ Kruger and the continent’s fastest KO record holder, Tumelo Maphutha, go head to head in five rounds of main event, unrelenting battle.

Kruger has four straight wins in the Hexagon. After his massive victory over Donavin Hawkey Kruger’s fans have been calling for a shot at Jeremy Smith for the middleweight title.

“To become a champion you have to have specific qualities,” says EFC AFRICA president Cairo Howarth of Kruger. “JP ticks every single one of those boxes.”

Maphutha, a renowned knockout specialist, owns the record for the fastest KO in African MMA history. ‘Soldierboy’ wouldn’t stand with him and he claims that no one else will either.

“There is not an athlete on the continent that does not fear the right hand of Tumelo Maphutha,” says Fighters Only SA Editor in Chief Dirk Steenekamp. “If he puts that on your chin, you are going down.”

At EFC AFRICA 22, will this be Kruger’s last fight before he reaches EFC AFRICA gold, or will Maphutha call a halt to his climb to the top? Watch both athletes’ rise to this unforgettable matchup in the video above.

EFC AFRICA 22, presented by MusclePharm, takes place at the Carnival City Big Top Arena on 15 August 2013. Tickets on sale now at

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