Flyweight title contenders Terence Balelo and Gift Walker had to be separated on stage as their war of words erupted at the official weigh-ins, 24 hours before they’re locked inside the Hexagon to compete for the 125lb golden strap.
With spotless undefeated records and numerous thrilling finishes, confidence was at an all-time high as neither athlete backed-down before Night Guard security separated them to prevent further conflict. Even though Walker is a significant bookies favourite at World Sports Betting, Balelo projected fierce self-belief in his prediction of victory despite being a 2.50 underdog.
The crowd bayed their appreciation for returning former champion from Cape Town, Faeez Jacobs who promised a knock-out over Angola’s gritty brawler, Eduardo Barros. Despite having seven less professional bouts than the fan favourite, Luanda’s Barros professed respect for his opponent and promised a show for the fans when the bell goes.
Security were forced to intervene again, in what has become a significant local rivalry with exciting Zambian signing Humphrey Mulenga fronting-up to his opponent from Zimbabwe, Tapiwa Katikati, in what is being billed as the battle to be crowned the King of Kariba. Katikati’s fellow countryman, Simbarashe Hokonya made weight in a main card curtain-riser as did his flashy foe, Divin Bosomi before the possible fight of the night candidates Fafa Dwama and Tumelo Manyamala squared-off with mean intent.
FLYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP FIGHT
Gift Walker (SA) 123.6lbs vs. Terrance Balelo (SA) 124.8lbs
Eduardo Barros (AGO)133.7lbs vs. Faeez Jacobs (SA) 134lbs
Tumelo Manyamala (SA)125lbs vs. Fafa Dwama (DRC)125lbs
Humphrey Mulenga (ZMB) 155lbs vs. Tapiwe Katikati (ZWE) 155lbs
Simbarashe Hokonya (ZWE)144.9lbs vs. Divin Bosomi (SA) 143.4lbs
Sibusiso Sovendle (SA)134.5lbs vs. Godfrey Mkhwanazi (SA) 135lbs
David Makane (SA) 124.1lbs vs. Willie Van Rooyen (SA)122.2lbs
Robert Swanepoel (SA) 154.7lbs vs. Angelo Foloti 155 (SA)
Ayanda Zwane (SA) 144.4lbs vs. Elvis Ngwalangwala 147.9 (SA)*
Teboho Ntene (SA) 124.2lbs vs. Kgaugelo Moitshela (SA)124.5lbs
* Athletes failed to make weight at time of writing
Watch the EFC 107 Weigh-Ins here
Photos from the EFC 107 Weigh-Ins here
Prelim bouts start at 16:00 CAT
Main card bouts start at 19:00 CAT
EFC 107 Walker vs Balelo Flyweight Championship is presented by World Sports Betting and takes place on Thursday, 7 September 2023, live from the EFC Performance Institute in JHB, South Africa.