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4 March 2016

PRIDE AT STAKE

FEATHERWEIGHT TITLE FIGHT


DANNY HENRY VS. IGEU KABESA



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LEON MYNHARDT VS. BOYD ALLEN
BRENDON KATZ vs. SIZWE MNIKATHI
TUMISANG MADIBA VS. BAREND NIENABER
JACQUALINE TROSEE vs. AMANDA LINO
LOURENS BOTES vs. MARTIN DE BEER
ANICET KANYEBA vs. THSILUMBA MULUMBA
JP BUYS vs. ROEVAN DE BEER
PIETER DE KLERK vs. DUHO KIM
STEFAN PRETORIUS vs. ROBO AMBAMBA
JEAN-MARIE KABEYA vs. BRENDAN LESAR

Johannesburg, South Africa – The official weigh-in for FC 47, the first event of 2016, took place in Sports Bar at Carnival City on Friday Afternoon in front of a partisan crowd. After a three-month break, EFC is back and the the weigh-in left those in attendance sure that tomorrow’s main event will be full of action.

The event is headlined by the featherweight title fight between the champion, Scotland’s Danny Henry in his first title defence and the undefeated DRC born challenger, Igeu ‘Smiley’ Kabesa. Fans’ interests were peaked when the two athletes faced-off for the final time before they finally meet inside the EFC Hexagon on Saturday night.

Both men showed incredible confidence in their interviews. The challenger Kabesa promised fireworks. Ignoring the threats directed at him, Henry stated in his interview, “You will see the best version of Danny Henry you have ever seen tomorrow night!”. One question now remains. Can Henry make his first title defence and cement his position on top of the division? A formidable opponent awaits him.

In the co-headlining bout, lightweight champion Leon ‘Iron Lion’ Mynhardt takes on former champion Boyd Allen in the ultimate dream match-up. After the withdrawal of number one contender Dave ‘The Pain Train’ Mazany, Allen stepped in as a late replacement to make every EFC fans dream come true. Both men have been respectful and excited at the challenge that stands in front of them.

A highly anticipated featherweight match-up takes place between Johannesburg fan favourite Brendon Katz and Durban’s seemingly unstoppable Sizwe Mnikathi. Both men are well known for their aggressive, heavy-hitting styles and had lots to say to each other when they faced-off for the first time. Katz taunted his opponent, who came in overweight.

Also featuring on the main card, seasoned athletes Barend ‘BB Gun’ Nienaber and Tumisang ‘The President’ Madiba will collide in a great stylistic match up. Nienaber looked in great condition stepping onto the scales, and Madiba was his usual charismatic self.

Opening the main card will see the first ever all local female bout. Pretoria’s ‘Demolition’ Jacqui Trosee faces Durban’s Amanda ‘Mad Dog’ Lino in the opening bout on the main card. Both athletes seemed calm ahead of what is sure to open the main card in some style.

Four athletes initially failed to make weight. DuHo Kim, Anicet Kanyeba, Amanda Lino, and Sizwe Mnikathi. All opted to receive a financial penalty.

The full EFC 47 weigh-in results were as follows:

Bout 1 : Middleweight bout
Jean-Marie Kabeya 82.50kg
Brendan Lesar 83.40kg


Bout 2 : Welterweight bout
Stefan Pretorius 76.75kg
Robo Ambamba 74.80kg


Bout 3 : Bantamweight bout
Pieter De Klerk 61.15kg
DuHo Kim 61.50 kg


Bout 4 : Flyweight bout
JP Buys 56.85kg
Roevan de Beer 57.00kg


Bout 5: Featherweight bout
Anicet Kanyeba 68.40kg
Tshilumba Mulumba 65.50kg


Bout 6 : Bantamweight bout
Lourens Botes 60.85kg
Martin De Beer 60.60kg


Bout 7 : Flyweight bout
Jacqualine Trosee 56.10kg
Amanda Lino 59.40kg


Bout 8 : Featherweight bout
Tumisang Madiba 65.75kg
Barend Nienaber 65.50kg


Bout 9 : Featherweight bout
Brendon Katz 65.90kg
Sizwe Mnikathi 69.25kg


Bout 10 : Lightweight bout
Leon Mynhardt 69.80kg
Boyd Allen 69.90kg


Bout 11 : Featherweight title bout
Danny Henry 66.10kg
Igeu Kabesa 65.80kg


EFC 47: Henry vs. Kabesa, Mynhardt vs Allen is presented by BetXchange.com, takes place Saturday 05 March 2016 at Carnival City, Johannesburg. Tickets available at www.computicket.com.


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