Austin: I’ll prove I am the He-Man


The Citizen (KZN) - - SPORT - Clin­ton Jones

He-Man will step into the ring at Car­ni­val City on Satur­day night look­ing to be­come the mas­ter of the Ex­treme Fight­ing Cham­pi­onship (EFC) uni­verse.

Eng­land’s Stu­art Austin – af­fec­tion­ately known as He-Man – comes to South Africa to face ar­guably his tough­est op­po­nent when he takes on light-heavy­weight king­pin Cham­pion Dulcha of the DRC at EFC65.

Austin made an im­pres­sive EFC de­but at Sun City a few months ago when he despatched the very dan­ger­ous heavy­weight Elvis Moyo in three clin­i­cal rounds.

Dulcha – un­stop­pable since strap­ping the gold around his waist way back at EFC45 al­most two years ago – was un­con­cerned and less im­pressed with that per­for­mance.

“Austin was like a chicken (against Moyo), run­ning around. That fight didn’t prove any­thing. We are here to fight, please do not run away like a chicken,” Dulcha pleaded with his Bri­tish op­po­nent.

Re­gard­less of where this fight ends up – be it on the ground or stand­ing – there is cer­tain to be fire­works be­tween two men who have grown to dis­like each other over the last few months.

The co-main event on this stacked fight­card sees the re­turn of former feather­weight cham­pion Boyd Allen, who makes his way back to the hexagon af­ter over a year on the side­lines due to in­jury.

Allen has been work­ing his way up the ranks since los­ing his ti­tle to Scot­land’s Danny Henry at EFC44.

Stand­ing in his way this time is lit­tle-known and un­de­feated Calum Mur­rie – who in­ci­den­tally is a com­pa­triot and train­ing part­ner of Henry.

The win­ner of this bout will al­most cer­tainly guar­an­tee them­selves a shot at the feather­weight ti­tle.

Pic­ture: EFC World­wide

THE EYES HAVE IT. EFC match­maker Graeme Cart­mell stands be­tween light-heavy­weight cham­pion Cham­pion Dulcha and chal­lenger Stu­art Austin at the EFC gym in Sand­ton.

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