South Africa

Scotland's Henry steps in to face 'Smiley' Kabesa

2017-02-03 12:33
Danny Henry (EFC)

Johannesburg - Scotland's Danny Henry made headlines when he handed Boyd Allen his first ever loss in EFC. Now fate has turned in his favour as he steps in to replace an injured Allen and steps in to face Igeu 'Smiley' Kabesa.

According to the EFC website, stepping in on late notice, he not only gets the chance to seek vengeance against his defeat to Kabesa, but also has the opportunity to claim EFC gold in the process.

Former champion and number one contender, Allen, has withdrawn from his featherweight title fight against Kabesa with a wrist injury. Allen was preparing for the title fight in Miami, Florida at the famous American Top Team when the injury occurred.

When reached for comment, Allen stated, "Injuries are normal and unfortunately I have learnt that you should never fight if your body isn't ready."

Allen added his thoughts on the Kabesa v Henry rematch, "It will be interesting to see how both fighters have progressed since their first fight."

This sets up potentially the biggest rematch in recent memory, between the undefeated champion, Kabesa, and the former champion, Scotsman Henry. It has been noted that Allen will most likely face the winner when he is ready to compete again.

Since claiming the championship from Henry, Kabesa has defended the title against Hanru Botha in stunning fashion, with a first round submission and solidified his hold on the title and division. Meanwhile, since their first meeting, Henry has dispatched two former title challengers with spectacular striking.

"It's never good to hear about a fighter getting injured, but this is the fight I've worked hard for a deserve," stated Henry.

He continued, "I'm going to make the most of this opportunity in March and snatch my belt back!"

Two second round TKOs cemented Henry as the top contender.

However, it was Kabesa's wrestling that was his undoing in the first clash. Has Henry fixed this weakness in his armour or has he and his team figured out the conundrum that is Kabesa?

This fight takes place as the main event on a stacked fight card featuring many of organisation's best athletes including the heavyweight collision between Zimbabwe's Elvis Moyo and South Africa's Mike Vermeulen.

EFC 57 will take place on Saturday, March 4.

Read more on:    efc

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...


The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Caster Semenya has been nominated for the 2018 Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year award. Which of the nominees deserves the award most?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.