Fights to Make after EFC 60
By Edrich Pienaar
EFC continues its rapid growth on South African television, with over 12.8 million unique viewers watching on SABC 3 in the first 14 weeks of the partnership, with over 3 million that watched EFC 60 live.
EFC has hosted some incredible events this year so far, and the excitement and level of fights has only increased along with the viewership numbers. Here are 5 fights to make after the last event (EFC 60) that will guarantee a further rise in viewership numbers:
Amanda Lino vs Isabelle Pare
A new chapter in the history of EFC was written at EFC 60, when Durban’s Amanda ‘Mad Dog’ Lino took the inaugural EFC women’s flyweight title, defeating Pretoria’s ‘Demolition’ Jacqui Trosee. The first ever EFC Women’s Flyweight Champion improved her record to 3 – 1 (3 wins, 1 loss).
The only blemish on the record of the champion came at the hands of the Frenchwoman, Isabelle Pare, at EFC 43. Lino would be chomping at the bit to avenge this loss to Pare, who can be seen as the natural choice as the no.1 contender to Lino’s belt.
This could be the next big fight in the Women’s Flyweight Division.
Leon Mynhardt vs Azi Thomas
This fight was originally on the EFC 56 fight card. Mynhardt was then offered a shot at the lightweight title (due to injury to Don Madge) which meant that this showdown had to be postponed until a later date.
With Mynhardt hinting at a dropdown to featherweight this fight totally makes sense. Fans can look forward to a stand-up war between the former commonwealth boxer and the man they call “The Iron Lion”.
Martin van Staden vs Dave Mazany
Martin van Staden approached his trilogy fight with fellow EFC veteran Leon Mynhardt with patience. Both fighters traded hard intermittent leg kicks, each waiting for an opening for the fists, which suddenly appeared when van Staden attacked, connection with a fierce 1 – 2 combination to set up a TKO victory.
Mazany has it all, a phenomenal wrestling pedigree, heavy hands, vastly experienced and big match temperament to use to its fullest extent. He is a truly motivated man who wants nothing more than to get his belt back and entertain fans along the way. A Fight between these two will certainly be a war of epic proportions.
But it will have to wait for now as Mazany is set to face van Staden’s teammate, Themba Gorimba at EFC 63 in Cape Town later this year.
Bokang Masunyane vs Marino Cutendana
The ‘Little Giant’ Bokang Masunyane further cemented his growing reputation with a thrilling performance against Durban icon Abdul ‘Hollywood’ Hassan.
Marino Cutendana continued his streak of winning form with a calculated performance against main card newcomer Martin de Beer. With the victory he puts himself firmly into the top five in the division.
A fight between them promise to put the whole flyweight division on notice.
Gary Joshua vs Faeez Jacobs
Gary Joshua has been on a 3-fight win streak since making his debut at EFC 55 with a TKO victory against Lourens Botes. Since then he racked up two more victories against Jasen van der Merwe and more recently Baldwin Mdlalose.
Fellow Capetonian, Faeez Jacobs, also made a winning start to his career at EFC 58 with a scintillating display against Jesse Flemming. He has already expressed the willingness to fight anyone in the division.
This has all the right ingredients for a good all-round clash that will have fans out of their seats with excitement.
2017 Promises to be another year of stacked fight cards and exciting match-ups. No matter how things turn out fans are in for another great year of EFC entertainment.