Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Wentzel Nel vs Denzil Wait at EFC 14

The EFC Africa 14 fight card took a huge leap forward today with the announcement of a few more fights, the highlight of which is a featherweight fight between former EFC Africa lightweight champion Wentzel "The Animal" Nel and Denzil "Redstarr" Wait.

Wentzel "The Animal" Nel

Wentzel Nel (9-3, 5-2 EFC) is one of the most experienced fighters in the EFC. The Animal was the first ever EFC Africa champion and has defeated some of the top light men in the promotion including Jean-Luc Kazadi, Leo Gloss and Terrence Griessel twice. Nel's only EFC losses came at the hands of current EFC Africa lightweight kingpin Costa Ioannou and American fighter Dave Mazany.

After stringing together two wins en route a rematch for his lightweight title, Wentzel Nel recently dropped to featherweight and will begin a title campaign in the lighter division. Though a genuine threat at lightweight, I believe the featherweight division will better suite Nel's physical attributes and he will be a serious title contender.

Wentzel Nel

Denzil "Redstarr" Wait

Denzil Wait (5-2) was thrown into the deep end of the EFC featherweight division from the word go, fighting Abdul Hassan (#4 Featherweight rankings) and Wesley Hawkey (#2 Featherweight rankings) in his first two bouts. Though convincing in his victory against Adbul Hassan, Wait never really got going against Wesley Hawkey at EFC 12 and lost via first round submission. Things are not slowing down for Denzil Wait who will now face another top 5 opponent in Wentzel Nel. 

Denzil Wait

Wentzel Nel vs Denzil Wait at EFC Africa 14

Wentzel Nel and Denzil Wait are both powerful fighters who like to manhandle their opponents, this should make for a very physical fight. With Nel dropping a weight division and Wait coming off his first EFC loss, it will be interesting to see how the fighters approach the fight. The title shot of course looms, but I am especially looking forward to see what a featherweight Wentzel Nel can do. 


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