DURBAN TAKES ON THE WORLD

Durban, South Africa – This Saturday marks the seventh last day in the countdown to the historic EFC 38 event. EFC returns to Durban for a second time in history on Saturday 4 April. Headlined by the featherweight title fight between Wesley ‘Young Assassin’ Hawkey and Boyd Allen. Meeting for the second time, Durban’s own Wesley Hawkey, will need the full support of his hometown behind him as he faces the biggest challenge of his life and looks for redemption against the reigning champion Boyd Allen.

Featuring as the penultimate bout on the main card welterweights Martin ‘The Punisher’ van Staden originally from Durban, and Irishman Ayo Daly meet on Durban soil. Van Staden was originally slated to face Peter Queally, however Queally withdrew from the bout due to an injury. Irish counterpart Ayo Daly stepped up to the challenge and dropped all his personal responsibilities for the opportunity to face one of Durban’s best welterweights in van Staden’s hometown. Daly sent a message to Cartmell after signing his contract: “What’s up Graeme, I’m in 100%… I’m dropping everything to save this show, so I’m not coming to lose. A win is all that is good enough for this Irishman!”

Hometown favourite Saxon ‘One Minute Monster’ Delafield returns to the Hexagon for the first time since EFC’s first visit to Durban. He goes head-to head with the undefeated Igeu Kabesa. In Delafield’s last appearance he won convincingly with a submission in the first round. In Igeu ‘Smiley’ Kabesa, he faces an unbeaten wrestling phenom. Kabesa is running a four fight win streak and is racing up lightweight rankings. A win here for either will catapult them within reach of the top of the division.

Featherweight Tyson Chelin looks to continue his winning streak and extending it to four and zero. Standing opposite Chelin however is Springbok wrestler and knockout artist Hanru Botha. The wrestler holds two of the most talked about walk-off knock outs in EFC history, but will his power be enough to deal with the calm technical prowess of Chelin?

Opening the main card will see South Africa’s Keron ‘Skinner’ Davies welcome the Polish Rafal Haratyk in his first EFC encounter. Davies makes his return to the Hexagon for the first time in over a year and will be the first time he competes at EFC in front of his home crowd of Durban. His opponent is the organisations first Polish signing. Haratyk is known for exciting fights that encompass all aspects of MMA.

The card is rounded off with seven action packed preliminary bouts with some of the best MMA talents from around the world. Including the second ever EFC Women’s MMA bout between South African Amanda ‘Mad Dog’ Lino and Ireland’s Stephanie Quaile. Both athletes will be making their professional debut, but enter the Hexagon with sterling amateur records and titles.

EFC 38: Allen vs. Hawkey II is presented by BetXchange.com, and takes place at Durban International Convention Centre, Durban, on Saturday 4 April 2015. Tickets on sale at www.computicket.com.