Johannesburg, South Africa – With just over a week until the United Kingdom invades South Africa at EFC 53, the prelim card has been updated with some incredibly exciting fights. This is all ahead of the UK vs RSA main card line-up.
1: Pupanga Tresor (DRC) vs Kaleka Kabanda (DRC)
Headlining the prelim card sees two of DRC’s powerhouse welterweights do battle. Both men are incredibly strong for their division and have recently steamrolled their way past opposition. They were both seen in action in Cape Town at EFC 52 and most notably, Tresor earned a performance of the night with his devastating KO victory.
2: Martin de Beer (RSA) vs Jasen van der Merwe (RSA)
It is Durban versus Johannesburg when the Muay Thai Surfer, de Beer, faces van der Merwe. Having gone 3-1 last year, de Beer took some time off from competition. He feels that he is now ready to put himself in the title contention conversation, but first he has to get through the experienced van der Merwe.
3: Georgie Georgiev (BUL) vs John Fields (USA)
Georgiev has shown to be a threat and future prospect in the middleweight division. With explosive performances and finishes to his name, ‘The Bulgarian Beast now faces a very dangerous American, John Fields. Living and training in Johannesburg, South Africa, Fields has been honing his craft away from the public eye alongside Brendon Katz and promises his EFC debut is not one to miss.
4: Pierre Botha (RSA) vs Boney Bukaka (DRC)
While his twin brother, Hanru, is set to challenge for the featherweight championship, Pierre has shown his own growth and his own unique skill sets which have improved drastically, but how will he fair against the tried and tested striking of DRC’s Boney Bukaka?
5: Conrad Seabi (RSA) Sizwe Mnikathi (RSA)
A new camp and mindset brings new possibilities for Durban’s Sizwe Mnikathi. He is dramatically changing weight divisions and now enters the heavier welterweight category. Formally a featherweight, Mnikathi has been notorious for struggling with making weight and believes he will be a far more capable athlete in his new division. However, he gives up a large reach advantage when he faces Pretoria’s Conrad Seabi, who is renowned for his distance striking, specifically with his long reaching kicks.
6: Claude Ntumba (DRC) vs Theo Mbiya (DRC)
Ntumba had a near perfect EFC debut with his TKO victory at EFC 51. He returns in hopes of a repeat in the opening bout when he faces fellow countryman and EFC debutant Theo Mbiya. While not much is publicly known about Mbiya, the fact that he is fighting out of Team CIT, a team which brings a notorious reputation for high level athletes, should give fans a good idea of what to expect.
All this takes place on the prelim card ahead of the five-fight, main card where we see sporting nation greats, United Kingdom and South Africa collide.
EFC 53: Bahati vs Opperman, presented by SUPABETS, and takes place on Friday 2 September 2016 at Carnival City, Johannesburg. Tickets are on sale now at http://www.computicket.com, and the 5 main card bouts will be broadcast live on http://kwesesports.com and Kwesé Free Sports starting at 20:00 (CAT) and delayed live on e.tv after the 20:30 (CAT) movie.