“Fred Has Earned My Respect”
Madge praises the challenger
24 February 2014
Johannesburg (South Africa) - Anticipation for Thursday’s lightweight title fight between champion Leon Mynhardt and challenger Frederich Naumann was raised a few notches today when former lightweight champion Don Madge hit twitter in support of the challenger.
It began when a fan tweeted that Naumann had stated that he believed Mynhardt should have lost his November 2013 bout against Madge on points, instead of the split decision win he was awarded.
“Fred Naumann has a brain!” Tweeted Madge in response, “that’s the way I scored it too! 3-2 [rounds won]. Should be me and him squaring off.”
An avalanche of comments followed, to which Madge added, “…and you better believe I'm not gonna be leaving ANYTHING to the judges’ aka ‘blindmice’!”, and, “Fred has earned my respect, big time. He understands MMA.”
After his loss in November Madge was given an immediate title shot against the winner of Thursday’s bout. With either Mynhardt or Naumann to travel to Cape Town to defend their title on June 05, and with public opinion split down the middle as to who has the edge, both Thursday and the resultant fight in four months’ time are on a knife edge.
Mynhardt, Naumann and Madge are undoubtedly the most dangerous men in the lightweight division at present. Mynhardt and Madge have fought twice, Mynhardt winning on both occasions, but controversially. Naumann has faced neither, but over four fights has delivered performances and earned accolades not achieved by any other EFC AFRICA athlete (4-0, SOTN x 2, KOTN x 1, SOTY x 1).
Over the next two bouts the best of these three will be revealed.
Follow Madge @DonMadgeMMA, Mynhardt @IronLionCit and Naumann @Frednaum to stay up to date with the action.
EFC AFRICA 27, presented by BetXchange.com, takes place on Thursday 27 February 2014 at the Big Top Arena, Carnival City, Johannesburg. Tickets on sale now at computicket.com. Stream the entire event, live and in HD, from efcafrica.tv.
Broadcast information and full fight card available at efcafrica.com