Johannesburg, South Africa – With one day to fight night, Jeff Madiba arrived at the pre-weigh-in medicals six kilograms’ overweight. It was decided by officials and EFC that the weight discrepancy between him and his scheduled opponent Amos Hlatswayo is too great and it was decided it would be unsafe to hold the bout.
Even though he made weight and was one hundred percent ready to compete, Hlatswayo has been removed from the EFC 49 card. EFC apologises for the unprofessionalism shown by Madiba. Amos Hlatswayo will still receive his fight purse.
As Ilunga and Madiba are both weighing within the welterweight division spread, the athletes and EFC Matchmaker Graeme Cartmell felt it would be best for everyone if Madiba and Ilunga could still compete tomorrow night.
Now in the latest matchup in EFC history, DRC’s Alain Ilunga will face South Africa’s Jeff Madiba.
EFC 49: Kruger vs. Bahati, presented by BetXchange.com, Friday 13 May at Carnival City in Johannesburg. Tickets are on sale now at www.computicket.com, and the 5 main card bouts including the heavyweight fight between South Africa’s van Zyl and Poland’s Kowalkowski will be broadcast live on kwesesports.com starting at 20:00 (CAT) and delayed live on e.tv after the 20:30 (CAT) movie.