No holds barred at Carnival City

HEAD OVER HEELS: Fighters clash at the Mixed Martial Arts event at The Dome earlier this year. The Big Top Arena will host Extreme Fighting Championship Africa at Carnival City on September 1. Photo: Sibusiso Msibi
HEAD OVER HEELS: Fighters clash at the Mixed Martial Arts event at The Dome earlier this year. The Big Top Arena will host Extreme Fighting Championship Africa at Carnival City on September 1. Photo: Sibusiso Msibi

THE famous Big Top Arena inside Carnival City will host Extreme Fighting Championship Africa's tantalising 10th Mixed Martial Arts 13-bout championship on September 1.

This venue was popularised by boxing supremo Rodney Berman, who staged breathtaking bouts such as the WBC title fight between Glen Catley and Dingaan Thobela, and the heavyweight championship between Hasim Rahman and Lennox Lewis.

Another boxing master, Branco Milenkovic, also staged alluring bouts there including the IBF championship between Mzonke Fana and Baloyi, as well as the ground-breaking IBF female title fight between Noni Tenge and Daniella Smith.

Now Cairo Howarth, president of Extreme Africa, will present what he describes as an "unforgettable" evening of fierce and exciting action.

Howarth says: "The Big Top Arena gives fans a true Las Vegas Superbowl experience, with unparalleled view, sound, lighting and atmosphere and that fits in well with the alluring bouts that we have prepared for the night."

Leo "King" Gloss, whose skills are polished by former professional boxer Mike Schultz, will take on Demarte "The Wolf" Pena for the featherweight title while Nolan "Real Deal" Swanepoel will fight Leon "Iron Lion" Mynhardt with Martin 'The Punisher" van Staden taking on Dino 'The Lion" Bagattin.

South Africa's king of trash talk, Wade "Goat" Henderson, takes on Brazil's Jadyson "Little Wanderlei" Costa.

Topping the bill is the welterweight championship clash between defending champion Adam "The Prodigy" Speechly and Dallas Jakobi.

Fans outside Johannesburg can follow live action at Nu Metro cinemas, which will begin a live broadcast at 7.30pm.

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