Cameron Pritchard post training on the beach in Port Elizabeth.
Cape Town, South Africa – Port Elizabeth’s Cameron Pritchard is considered by many to be the next big thing in the EFC welterweight division. He is currently undefeated in three fights and one step away from a shot at the title. Now he faces the biggest challenge in his career so far, in the former champion Dino ‘The Lion’ Bagattin in Cape Town later this month.
World renowned photographer Anton Geyser visited Pritchard to capture the rising star in preparation for the biggest fight of his career.
Pritchard is a former life guard and rescue diver, now turned full time Mixed Martial Artist. “I started training December 2010 after watching EFC on TV. I thought it looked cool and thought it would be fun to do. Years down the line, it is now my passion,” explained Pritchard.
Pritchard has been out of action for just under a year, where he last faced DRC’s Kabulu. He feels he is still at the top of the division. “This is my first fight back after knee surgery,” stated Pritchard. He continued, “I tore my PCL, I had to literally learn how to walk again.”
Training under the legendary Chris Bright out of PESFA, Pritchard is well known for his grappling and submission skills. He also has boxing skills to match some of the best in the division, having KO’d Pupanga Tresor in an astonishing twenty-three seconds. The work he is doing under the tutelage of his boxing coach Keplar Wessels is clearly paying off.
When asked how this fight will affect his career and fits with his goals he said, “I really feel I’m a contender for the welterweight belt. It has been my dream since I joined EFC.” He concluded, “So beating Dino should definitely put me in a position to fight for the belt.”
He further backed this up by saying, “Dino will provide the platform to prove I am the best welterweight in the organisation. Then I am coming for the title.”
Pritchard faces Bagattin on the main card at EFC 55 in Cape Town. Just ahead of two mega title fights featuring Dave Mazany vs Don Madge and the bantamweight unification title fight between Demarte Pena and Irshaad Sayed.
EFC 55: Pena vs Sayed, Mazany vs Madge presented by SUPABETS, takes place on Friday 11 November 2016 at GrandWest, Cape Town. Tickets are on sale now at www.computicket.com, and the 5 main card bouts will be broadcast live on kwesesports.com (Sub-Saharan Africa) and Kwesé Free Sports (Kenya & Rwanda) starting at 20:00 (CAT) and delayed live e.tv (South Africa after the 20:30 (CAT) movie. Full broadcast details available on www.efcworldwide.com.