Johannesburg – On February 21, JP ‘Tinkerbell’
Kruger was set to face Darren ‘Double D’ Daniel in the Hexagon for Daniel’s
fated return after a two year hiatus. Unfortunately in build up to the fateful
night, Kruger has suffered a potential career threatening injury to his
vertebrae and has been forced to withdraw.
written a letter to his fans:
“Good day to my fans and followers,
It is with great regret that I have to
inform you, unfortunately, that I have no choice but to withdraw from the EFC37
event, due to an unfortunate training incident that has forced me to put aside
my fighting career for a while.
An injury to my vertebrae sustained
during a wrestling session has caused severe damage to my C4&5 and C6&7
vertebrae and I have been informed by my specialist that an operation and some
recovery time is needed to rectify the injury.
It is so difficult for me to do this
as I have trained harder than I’ve ever trained for a fight and I am really sad
that I am possibly not the one to welcome DD back to the Hexagon.
However I can tell you the through
Christ who strengthens me, I will be back sooner than you think and cannot wait
to get back in there and face whomever the EFC will have for me.
For my recovery period I will focus on
training my own team and studying every aspect of the game, you will definitely
witness a new and improved #TinkerBell; strong in my resolve to entertain and
to spread the word of my Lord on the greatest stage in Africa, the EFC fighting
It breaks my heart to have to share
this with you and is the very first time in my life I have had to pull myself
from a fight, but unfortunately, as I said, I have no choice and for this I
apologise and pray I see you all soon again.
It is a sad
day when an athlete suffers such a severe injury. EFC sends its thoughts and
condolences to Kruger and hope for a safe and speedy recovery.
matchmaker Graeme Cartmell is currently in negotiations with a replacement
athlete to face Daniel at EFC 37.
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