Wo­j­cik: I hope Penco is ready

The Citizen (KZN) - - FRONT PAGE - Clin­ton Jones

The ladies lead the way in a su­per-stacked main card to end what has been an amaz­ing year in the Ex­treme Fight­ing Cham­pi­onship (EFC) Italy’s un­de­feated cham­pion Chiara Penco takes on Poland’s Karolina Wo­j­cik for the women’s strawweight ti­tle at EFC76 at Time Square Arena in Pre­to­ria tonight.

“Look, this should be hap­pen­ing, be­cause I won my last fight,” said Wo­j­cik, re­fer­ring to her con­tro­ver­sial split-de­ci­sion loss to the United States’ Cheyanne Vlis­mas re­cently in a bout that is uni­ver­sally ac­knowl­edged as one of the great­est women’s en­coun­ters the EFC or­gan­i­sa­tion has yet seen.

“I will show ev­ery­one who I am. I hope she is ready for that,” Wo­j­cik con­tin­ued.

Penco, rid­ing a mas­sive pub­lic­ity wave on the news that her bout will be broad­cast live in Italy for the first time, replied with the con­fi­dence of a cham­pion.

“To­mor­row you can ex­pect to watch a great fight, and a new Chiara in the cage,” said Penco at yesterday’s weigh-in.

Co-head­lin­ing the event sees heavy­weight con­tenders, for­mer champ and for­mer UFC heavy­weight Ruan Potts and Amer­i­can powerhouse Jared Van­deraa col­lide for the in­terim EFC heavy­weight cham­pi­onship.

Potts is look­ing to win back the ti­tle he only lost be­cause he had to re­lin­quish it to take up a UFC con­tract in the United States.

“I am not con­cerned with his skillset. My last fight in the UFC was against Der­rick Lewis and he had just fought for the heavy­weight ti­tle there so I have fought some of the best out there,” Potts said ear­lier this week.

Also on the main card, for­mer heavy­weight king­pin, South Africa’s An­drew van Zyl, faces Eng­land’s Stu­art Austin and in the open­ing fight of the live broad­cast, Con­rad Se­abi and Brazil­ian con­tender Jose da Rocha are set to clash in an epic en­counter.

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