“EITHER I FINISH HIM, OR HE QUITS”
England’s Austin promises early LHW title finish over the champion, DRC’s Dalcha at the EFC 65 weigh-in
LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
CHAMPION DALCHA VS STUART AUSTIN
BOYD ALLEN VS CALUM MURRIE
DEON BRUNING VS GAVIN HUGHES
BOKANG MASUNYANE VS MAGNO ALVES
ELVIS MOYO VS NICO YAMDJIE
REGIS MUYAMBO VS SINDILE MANENGELA
PIERRE BOTHA VS SIBUSISO MDOKO
RODRIQUE KENA VS LUKE MICHAEL
OUMPIE SEBEKO VS FAEEZ JACOBS
SERGE KASANDA VS FRANCOIS CUNDARI
WADE KERSPUY VS GUY MONGAMBI
Johannesburg, South Africa – Today’s EFC 65 weigh-in at Carnival City was dominated by the tension simmering in the light heavyweight title fight, contested between the DRC’s ‘Champion’ Dalcha Lungiumbula and England’s Stuart ‘He-Man’ Austin.
Despite 20 other combatants hitting the scale and performing face-off duties, it was when the champion entered the arena that the crowd rose to their feet.
As always, Dalcha’s Congolese fan-base was intense in their support, elevating the champion with the chanting of war songs.
Austin continued in the same vein, grabbing the mic from commentator Cyrus Fees to respond directly to the taunting fans, reminding all that he ended his previous fight against African boxing champion Elvis Moyo untouched.
“I’m finishing this fight, no problem,” an irritated Austin said to Fees and to the crowd. “Either I finish him, or he quits.”
“I am fighting for my Africa. I will do my talking in the cage,” responded the Champion, to roars from the crowd.
Just preceding the main event is the bout between Johannesburg’s Boyd Allen and Scotland’s Callum Murrie. Allen makes his return to the EFC Hexagon after nearly a year’s absence. The support he enjoyed was similar to the champ’s, while his Scottish rival felt the heat of the outsider.
“There’s no need for boos,” said Allen. “Calum’s a worthy opponent, and he’s travelled far to be here.”
With the top four fights featuring African talent against warriors from across the globe, including South Africa’s Bruning vs England’s Hughes, Johannesburg’s faithful were unbending in their support of their local heroes.
Sitting second on tomorrow night’s main card, Johannesburg’s Bokang Masunyane takes on Brazil’s Magno Alves. The heat between the two was such that they had to be separated by security, invoking an explosive bout tomorrow night.
Opening the main card is the heavyweight thriller between Zimbabwe’s Elvis Moyo and the Cameroon’s Nico Yamdjie. Both giants were all smiles as they greeted each other after the scale, shaking hands packed with the raw power that makes a heavyweight bout riveting – one punch to end it all.
EFC matchmaker Graeme Cartmell shone the torch on the prelim card also, reminding fans to watch out for the coming war between Cape Town’s Faeez Jacobs and Johannesburg’s Oumpie Sebeko, a definite fight of the night possibility. Sebeko failed to make weight, now fighting at an agreed weight marker with Faeez’s camp, adding further fuel to the fight.
The official EFC 65 weights are as follows:
Fight 1: Flyweight
Wade Kerspuy: 57.00kg
Guy Mongambi: 56.95kg
Fight 2: Lightweight
Serge Kasanda 69.05kg
Francois Cundari 70.00kg
Fight 3: Bantamweight
Oumpie Sebeko 63.85kg
Faeez Jacobs 60.80kg
Fight 4: Catchweight
Rodrique Kena 70.60kg
Luke Michael 70.65kg
Fight 5: Catchweight
Pierre Botha 67.5kg
Sibusiso Mdoko 67.75kg
Fight 6: Catchweight
Regis Muyambo 68.65kg
Sindile Manengela 67.45kg
Fight 7: Heavyweight
Nico Yamdjie 119.80kg
Elvis Moyo 118.90kg
Fight 8: Flyweight
Magno Alves 56.05kg
Bokang Masunyane 56.75kg
Fight 9: Lightweight
Gavin Hughes 69.50kg
Deon Bruning 69.80kg
Fight 10: Featherweight
Calum Murrie 66.00kg
Boyd Allen 65.75kg
Fight 11: Light Heavyweight Championship
Stuart Austin 92.60kg
Champion Dalcha 92.40kg