Monday, 6 February 2017

FIGHT FACTORY: MUAY THAI FIGHT NIGHT

[Cape Town, South Africa] Friday 3rd February saw it's very first edition of Fight Factory, Fight Night. But before I get into the events of the evening, let's first address the the elephant in the room.

The event was hosted at The Ring boxing gym in Cape Town. Though relativel, it has limited space for seating arrangements. I spoke to Rowan Katzew (Managing Director or Fight Factory) after the event and he informed me that this was the primary grievance by spectators. Limited seating, obscured vision to the ring, etc. This is definitely something one should consider when hosting an event. However, the setup proved to be very condusive once the fights started and people were barely in their seats. The crowd was in awe of the fights and on leaving the event, the fights were the topic on everyone's lips, not the venue.

Now that we covered that, let's focus the fights. OMG! Did you see the knockout by Faeez Jacobs?? If you missed it, I'll cover it later on, in the article.

The evening started off with some White Collar Boxing. Though these were amateur fights, they were extremely entertaining and the fighters put up a good show. Even the ladies performed in spectacular fashion. Here's a clip from one of the fights.
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Footage by Fidaah Edries
The second part of the event saw some MMA action. As you may expect, this went by very quickly. Timothy Steenkamp from Viper made his debut and performed flawlessly. He dominated most of the fight over his opponent. However, JP Rousseau showed exceptional resilience. In the second round he showed heart, determination and gave everything he have. Fight eventually went to the judges score card and Timothy won by Split Decision.

Corne Blom from Tricore won in spectacular fashion when mounted and put a beating down on Jayde Mitchell in the second round. The ref had to jump in and called it. Blom won via TKO.

There's a real thin line when it comes to hitting an opponent behind the ear. Various organisations rule this differently. The fight between Jaco Smit and Juan Bezuidenhout was one such call. Bezuidenhout took the back of Smith and continued to rain punches down. You can only imagine the impact Smit took as Heavy Weights have some serious power. This fight was called by the judges in favour of Bezuidenhout. Bezuidenhout  won via TKO in round one.

Now as I mentioned earlier. OMG! Did you see the KO by Faeez Jacobs? If not, here it is. This took place in the second round after his opponent, Edwin Manhando, clearly dominated the ground in the first round.
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Footage by Fidaah Edries
So this evening the focus was primarily about Muay Thai, and my-oh-my, was it captivating. "Bringing Muay Thai back" was the subject of the evening. Not only the fights but also the culture (I'll elaborate more about this in another article). Starting each fight off with the Wai Khru (a ritual performed by participants before fighting in Muay Thai competitions) and then proceeding with the fight. 

Chester Kruger defeated Brendon Abrahams in devastating fashion after landing two knees (in the clinch) to the jaw. All this in under 30secs. 
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Footage by Chester Kruger (Instagram Post)
Rafel Wozniak beat Alain Kulenfuka (who took the fight on two days notice after Wozniak's original opponent was unable to compete) after a five round all out war. There were some controversial moments after the the fight but this was quickly cleared by the officials. Wozniak won via Unanimous Decision.

This surely was quite an experience. I loved every minute of it and already look forward to the next one in April.

Article by Justin Smith

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

FIGHT FACTORY


[Cape Town, 31 January 2017] - It's been a long break from combat sports here in Cape Town but thankfully, that break is now over. In 2016 many fans wanted more fight night events, and fighters wanted more opportunities to show case their skills. This call was answered by one of Cape Town's biggest names in the fighting industry (Rowan Katzew), when he decided to host one of his very own events, FIGHT FACTORY.

About Rowan Katzew:
I have deep roots in Martial Arts and have been involved in combat sports for over two decades. I own Top Primate Academy, one of Cape Town's best MMA academy's. 

Fight Factory started when we were talking in the Top Primate gym one day after training. We were all sick and tired of the lack of fight nights in Cape Town and the fact that one of the fight nights we had attended for years had become so unprofessional that we refused to attend any further events. So we simply decided to do it ourselves. 

We have made a point of mixing styles of combat, ensuring a night of action packed fights from start to finish. Fans can see Cape Town's best amateur MMA and Muay Thai fighters, some talented up & coming boxers and four of the best pro fighters in the country all compete in the first edition of Fight Factory. 

The Main Event:
Rafel Wozniak is one of the top fighters out of the Thaiholics camp, under Nic Radley. He is a veteran in amateur K1 and this will be his first professional Muay Thai fight. He takes on Endi Pegado who is also vastly experienced both in Cape Town and Angola, where he hails from. He has fought twice as a pro in Thailand and is very excited to meet Rafel in the ring. The two are friendly outside of the ring but are both serious and looking to get the KO win. 

Co Main event:
This bout sees the veteran from Johannesburg Mawande Vapi who is 25 and 5, take on the undefeated champion from the DRC, Alexandre Diadora Kabangu, who has never lost in 25 fights. This promises to be one of the best fights of the year!  

Make sure to attend this event as this will surely be one for the books. You can book your tickets here.

Fight Factory is taking place this Friday 3rd February, at 15 Caledon Street, East City, Cape Town.

Article by: Justin Smith

Monday, 14 November 2016

EFC 55: THE WOLF UNIFIES HIS TITLE

Picture by Stephen Bryan
It's a fight that was nearly two years in the making. It's a fight that all the fans wanted see. The biggest build up in EFC history and clash of two champions that will continue to ring in ones ear until someone else managers to dim the sound of EFC 55's echo.

On Friday 11 November 2016 we saw, what many claimed to be, the biggest fight in EFC history. This fight went all 5 rounds and it was clear that neither fighter was going to give in but in the end, there could be only one! Demarte "The Wolf" Pena managed to secure the win and unify the title after the fight went the distance and to the judges score card. Pena won by Unanimous Decision. What's next for "The Wolf" remains to be seen as various rumours have been making their round. So we wait in anticipation as until the announcement is made.

Dave "The Pain Train" Mazany managed to win in spectacular fashion as he defeated Leon "Iron Lion" Mynhardt in the third round via TKO. Mynhardt took this fight on a weeks notice as Don Madge was injured while preparing for this bout. This was Mazny'z first title defense and judging by the outcome, it is clear that Mazany is planning to hold onto his title by any means necessary.

EFC post fight conference. Picture by Stephen Bryan