Cape Town - An enthusiastic
Cape Town crowd bore witness to EFC 39 at GrandWest in Cape Town on Thursday. The arena was treated to a night of heavy knockouts and three
Heavyweight Andrew ‘One Gear’ van Zyl put in a dream performance by
scoring a spectacular one punch KO over Brendon Groenewald to reclaim
the heavyweight title. The two began at a blistering pace, exchanging
massive punches that ended with Van Zyl connecting a left-right combo
that sent Groenewald to the canvas after only 32 seconds. Never
one to mince his words, Van Zyl stated in his post-fight interview, “I
came to throw punches and that is exactly what I did.”
Cape Town’s Gideon ‘Juggernaut’ Drotschie faced the Tumelo ‘The Truck’
Maphutha with the prospect of a light heavyweight title shot against
Norman ‘Chef’ Wessels for the winner. Drotschie’s game plan seemed to be
to stay out of Maphuta’s range and pick his opponent off. With a gun
shy Maphuta at the other end, this resulted in a less than spectacular
showpiece from both fighters. The bout ended with a majority decision
win for Drotschie and the disgust of an audibly disappointed crowd. Such
was the disappointment of the spectacle, that EFC president Cairo
Howarth retracted the title shot with a statement at the post event
press conference, and handed it to Champion Dalcha. “That was not the
fight the fans paid to see. Neither of you deserve to fight for the
title right now. Champion Dalcha will fight ‘Chef’ for the title.”
The third bout on the main card ended in the very last second of the
first round. Regis Muyambo attacked the former champion Don ‘Magic Man’
Madge from the first bell, looking to take it to the ground. A composed
Madge was prepared for Muyambo’s advances and repelled with an attack of
his own. Once reversed, Madge proceeded to ground and pound until the
referee called a stoppage just before the bell.
DRC born Cape Town favourite Champion Dalcha managed an impressive
unanimous decision win over British debutant Yannick ‘Black Mamba’
Bahati. In a stand up bout which neither athlete really connected
anything of substance, it was Dalcha’s aggression and the odd takedown
that scored him the victory. Dalcha will now face Wessels for the light
heavyweight title in Cape Town in August.
The heavily favoured Irshaad ‘White Tiger’ Sayed dominated Oumpie ‘Lion’
Sebeko in the first fight on the main card. Sayed maintains his
contender spot in the bantamweight division. Sebeko showed a much
improved all round game that earned himself a performance bonus, but
still fell short as Sayed dominated exchanges standing and in the
The full EFC 39 results are:
Quaid Openshaw defeated Didier Nyembwe via TKO 3:58 in round 1.
Mamoudou Toure defeated Sizwe Mnikathi via Tdisqualification 3:52 in round 2.
Kaleka Kabanda defeated Mark Moleke via TKO 1:19 in round 1.
Cameron Pritchard defeated Pupanga Tresor via KO 0:23 in round 1.
Joe Cummins defeated Marcel Teniers via TKO in round 1.
Mark Hulme defeated Shaun de Lange via unanimous decision.
Sibusiso Mdoko defeated Luke Michael via TKO 4:32 in round 3.
Irshaad Sayed defeated Oumpie Sebeko unanimous decision.
Champion Dalcha defeated Yannick Bahati via unanimous decision.
Don Madge defeated Regis Muyambo via knockout 4:59 in round 1.
Gideon Drotschie defeated Tumelo Maphutha via majority decision.
Andrew van Zyl defeated Brendon Groenewald via knockout 0:32 in round 1.
EFC 40: Bagattin v du Plessis, presented by BetXchange.com, and takes place at Carnival City, Johannesburg, on Saturday, June 6, 2015. Tickets on sale at www.computicket.com. Book your cinema ticket to all fights live and in state of the art digital projection at www.sterkinekor.com.