Johannesburg (South Africa) – This Thursday Jeremy ‘Pitbull’ Smith and Garreth ‘Soldierboy’ McLellan enter the Hexagon in a rematch fight fans the world over have been calling for. Demarte ‘The Wolf’ Pena seeks to defend his featherweight belt for the fifth time against DRC danger man Alain ‘Commander Boy’ Ilunga, and 22 more of Africa’s greatest warriors go to battle.
“Smith vs. McLellan 2 is massive,” said EFC AFRICA president Cairo Howarth. “This bout has been on the table for over a year already. It’s finally happening on Thursday.”
“Pena vs. Ilunga is a milestone for us,” added Howarth. “This is our very first title bout not featuring a South African athlete. Demarte is going for an incredible record in five title defenses, as well as being our youngest champion so far. In Alain he faces a huge challenge, though. Commander Boy is dangerous. He’s dropped two opponents with a body kick. He destroyed Markus Taljaard with kicks. This fight is incredibly exciting.”
Added to the main card is the heavyweight number one title contender standoff between former champion Ruan ‘Fangzz’ Potts and Ricky ‘Apocalypse’ Misholas, a controversial bout in that these men were intended to square off at EFC AFRICA 20, but Misholas pulled out at the 11th hour with an injured hand.
Fan favourite Brendon Katz returns to the Hexagon after a three year absence. Pitted against Gareth Buirski this fight promises fireworks from two men renowned for go-forward, aggressive styles and big knock outs.
Rounding off the main card JC Lamprecht goes up against WAKO K1 world champ and still undefeated Dricus du Plessis. Both men are pushing to break into the upper sphere of the middleweight ranks, both are trailing huge momentum.
Here’s a list of highlights to look out for in the final lead up to EFC AFRICA 24.
Middleweight champ and challenger Jeremy Smith and Garreth McLellan face off on SuperSport Blitz, aired throughout the day.
Betting on all EFC AFRICA 24 bouts opens at www.betxchange.co.za
Former welterweight champion Michiel Opperman appears on Kyknet’s ‘Dagbreek’, DSTV #144, where he gives away two tickets to the EFC AFRICA 24 event, live in studio. Between 7 and 8am.
Jeremy Smith and Garreth McLellan do five rounds of smacktalk with Wackhead Simpson, Highveld Stereo 94.7, 07h30.
EFC AFRICA 24 Weigh-in. Fans are invited to attend the weigh-in event, live, at Carnival City’s Sports Bar. Be a part of the live SuperSport Blitz broadcast, see Africa’s greatest warriors face off for the first time, and support your fighter in EFC AFRICA’s top gym support competition.
Post weigh in chat with main card athletes on Highveld Sports 94.7, 17h30 and 18h30.
EFC AFRICA commentator Dirk Steenekamp appears on Jacaranda FM’s Morning Drive, talking fight night inside info with Robbie Kruse.
EFC AFRICA 24. Doors open at 16h00, first bout commences at 16h15.
EFC AFRICA 24 Post Event Press Conference. Commencing 30 minutes after the event and held in Carnival City’s Sports Bar, media and fans are invited to attend and listen to the main card athlete’s views on their bouts, as well as KO, Fight and Submission of the night winners.
EFC AFRICA 24’s main event winners appear live on SuperSport Blitz, Friday night.
How to watch EFC AFRICA 24 live:
16h15 CAT: Prelim bouts 1 – 8. Catch these fights live at the venue or stream them live, in HD, at efcafrica.tv.
20h00 CAT: Live broadcast commences with main card bouts 9 – 13. Catch the action live in:
20h00 CAT – SuperSport09, SS5HD (See EFC AFRICA 24, Journey to the Hexagon, immediately before)
North Africa & Middle East
20h00 CAT – Abu-Dhabi TV
United States, Canada & Caribbean
14h00 EST – Fight NOW! TV
Stream the entire prelim and main card live through efcafrica.tv. Visit the website for up to date pricing details.
EFC AFRICA 24, presented by MusclePharm, takes place at Carnival City’s Big Top Arena on 10 October 2013. Tickets on sale now at www.computicket.com. The entire event can be streamed live, and in HD, from efcafrica.tv.
Broadcast information and full fight card available at efcafrica.com