Champion Dalcha and the continent’s best to put Stuart Austin and Europe to the test
In a massive title fight, the DRC powerhouse, ‘Champion’ Lungiambula Dalcha (7-1), has confirmed to defend his EFC light heavyweight championship against England’s Stuart ‘He-man’ Austin (12-3).
The bout is scheduled as the main event at EFC 65, Carnival City, JHB but that’s not the only fight in the spotlight. On the same night the rest of Africa’s best will be putting EFC’s new highly rated Eurporean signings to the test.
Dalcha is a frightening athlete boasting world-class Judo and devastating one punch KO power. Although synonymous with massive takedowns, in his most recent title defence it was a well-timed right hand that laid his previous challenger, France’s Alan Baudot, out.
Just preceding that win, Stuart Austin appeared in his EFC debut against then No.1 heavyweight title contender (and African heavyweight boxing champion) Elvis Moyo. Austin dominated with a clinical win.
Living and training in London out of the famed Team Titan, Austin is a calculated assassin, a thinking man’s fighter who does whatever is necessary to win.
Dalcha and Austin will collide with the light heavyweight championship on the line.
Co-headlining the event, the former featherweight champion Boyd Allen (15-3) will make his long-awaited return against undefeated Scotsman Callum Murrie (4-0).
The Scotsman hails from the same team (Dinky Ninjas Higher Level) as the only man to defeat Allen in EFC, former featherweight champion Danny Henry. Since that loss, Allen has put on two performances of striking brilliance. Murrie is out to prove a point and follows in his teammate’s footsteps to EFC gold.
Deon Bruning (4-0) is undefeated in professional competition and holds a black belt in the deadly martial art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Fighting out of PFA in Cape Town, he is a slick ground tactician and a clinical boxer. He is seen as a future title contender, but first, he must face his biggest challenge; England’s undefeated Gavin Hughes (8-0).
Hughes has never heard the final bell, having finished all opponents. A win for either will elevate them to the number contender spot. There, reigning lightweight champion Don Madge stands to wait.
The heavyweight action is set to kick-off the main card when African boxing champion, Zimbabwe’s Elvis Moyo, welcomes Germany’s undefeated Ugur Ozkaplan to EFC. Moyo based in Johannesburg at TapOut, and Ozkaplan from UFC gym in Dusseldorf, is sure to set a fast pace for the main card full of highlight reel finishes.
With the six-fight prelim card and one more main card still to be revealed, the excitement around EFC 65 has just begun.
EFC 65: Dalcha vs Austin is presented by BetXchange.com and takes place on Saturday 4 November live from Carnival City, Johannesburg. Tickets are on sale soon at computicket.com, and the 5 main card bouts will be broadcast live on kwesesports.com (Sub-Saharan Africa), Kwesé Free Sports 1 (Kenya & Rwanda) and live in South Africa on SABC 3 starting at 21:00 (CAT). Full broadcast details available on efcworldwide.com.