CHAMP KABESA HUNTING SCOTTISH SCALP

Kabesa, Murrie, on weight at EFC 74 weigh in

Johannesburg, South Africa – Today Scotland’s Calum Murrie (4-1) took the last step towards a world title shot, when he weighed in and faced off against EFC featherweight champion Igeu Kabesa (10-1), ahead of their title clash at EFC 75 tomorrow night.

 

Kabesa is a world renowned wrestler with a growing list of knockout finishes behind him, a champion riding a wave of success who has had nothing but contempt for Murrie in the build-up to this clash. Today produced more of the same, with the Johannesburg based champion baiting the challenger in front of his home town, Carnival City crowd.

 

“You guys know what’s happening,” said the champion with a smirk, referring to tomorrow night’s bout, and then invited the audience to pick the round and means of victory.

 

A stoic Murrie was fierce in response. “The belt means everything to me. It’s a massive opportunity and I am going to snatch it up. The belt is coming home to Scotland.”

 

Both men made weight, and their clash of styles bout is set to enthrall tomorrow night.

 

Brutal South African striker Conrad Seabi takes on the German tank, Max Merten, in tomorrow’s penultimate clash, and their face-off brimmed with intensity.

 

After both made weight Seabi surged toward their face-off, colliding with matchmaker Greame Cartmell who kept the two athletes apart. Seabi has been scathing about his European opponent, promising to smash him into the canvas throughout the past week.

 

Seabi is a proven, ferocious competitor. “I am the African tank,” he said, pointing straight at his German opponent. “I’ll see you tomorrow night.”

 

Tumisang Madiba returns after his EFC 73 loss in Cape Town, this time facing former title contender, Zimbabwe’s Sylvester Chipfumbu, who makes his own return after a near 18 month layoff. Social media caught Madiba doing somersaults in the parking lot to shed the last of his weight during the morning, both men hitting the 135lbs bantamweight cutoff.

 

A bout with perhaps even more animosity precedes Seabi vs Merten, when the USA’s Cheyanne Vlismas takes on Poland’s Karolina Wójcik. The women have been at each other’s throats, setting up a fight primed to electrify the women’s division.

 

Vlismis and Wójcik made weight at flyweight by short notice agreement, but both will compete further at strawweight, with their eye on the belt currently held by Italy’s Chiara Penco.

 

Opening tomorrow’s main card, former title contender Pierre Botha welcomes Pretoria based Angolan Nerick Simoes to the live television broadcast. Both hit the scale fit and on weight.

 

Benjamin Mukendi Danie Swart, Rodrique Kena, failed to make weight and suffer financial penalties.

 

The official EFC 74 weigh-in results are as follows:

 

Fight 1: Featherweight

Benjamin Mukendi 147lbs

Aly Kalambay 145lbs

 

Fight 2: Bantamweight

Danie Swart 135lbs

Takunda Gorimbo 135lbs

 

Fight 3: Lightweight

Robert Swanepoel 155lbs

Elvis Ngwalangwala 154lbs

 

Fight 4: Bantamweight

Zwelibanzi Ngema 135lbs

Billy Oosthuizen 135lbs

 

Fight 5: Lightweight

Sifiso Ngcobo 154lbs

Rodrique Kena 156lbs

 

Fight 6: Middleweight

Armand Scheepers 182lbs

Pietie Coxen 180lbs

 

Fight 7: Featherweight

Nerik Simoes 145lbs

Pierre Botha 180lbs

 

Fight 8: Women’s Flyweight

Karolina Woójcik 121lbs

Cheyanne Vlismas 121

 

Fight 9: Bantamweight

Tumisang Madiba 135lbs

Sylvester Chipfumbu 135lbs

 

Fight 10: Middleweight

Max Merten 185lbs

Conrad Seabi 185lbs

 

Fight 11: Featherweight Title Fight

Calum Murrie 145lbs

Igeu Kabesa 145lbs

 

EFC 74 Kabesa vs Murrie is presented by Betxchange.com, and takes place on Saturday 6 October live from Carnival City, Johannesburg. Tickets are on sale at computicket.com, and the 5 main card bouts will be broadcast live on Kwesé Free Sports 1 (Kenya & Rwanda), Kwese TV (Sub-Saharan Africa), SABC 3 (South Africa), DAZN (USA), FIGHT SPORTS (Where available) & EFCworldwide.tv (Where available) starting at 21:30 (CAT)/12:30 (DST). Full broadcast details available on efcworldwide.com. Prelim fights will be available for free on the official EFC Facebook page.