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Former champion and number one contender, Allen, has withdrawn from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
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.
"I'm going to make the most of this opportunity in March and snatch my
Two second round TKOs cemented Henry as the top contender.
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
EFC 57 will take place on Saturday, March 4.