Durban’s top middleweight explains what happened

22 November 2016


Johannesburg, South Africa – Durban’s Cameron ‘Ginger Ninja’ Meintjes was scheduled to face Gordon Roodman on the final card of the year at Carnival City. Unfortunately, the 4-1 middleweight suffered a knockdown in sparring which caused a concussion and has forced him to withdraw from the bout. Welterweight contender Mark Hulme has since replaced the Durban favorite.

Meintjes explains what happened: “I was doing some sparring training and was backing up. I threw a jab and the counter cross just caught me straight on the button… and instant spaghetti legs.”

“Such a pity for Cameron,” stated EFC President Cairo Howarth. “We wish him a speedy recovery. As always, athlete safety is our number one priority and we are very proud that our self implemented, international safety procedures and protocols are helping to keep the athletes as safe as possible.”

Meintjes previous opponent Gordon Roodman will now face Mark Hulme ahead of the main card, which is headlined by the welterweight champion, South Africa’s Dricus du Plessis, vs top middleweight contender, Poland’s Rafal Haratyk.

EFC 56: Du Plessis vs Haratyk, Bahati vs Buirski, Kabesa vs Botha presented by SUPABETS, takes place on Friday 9 December 2016 at Carnival City, Johannesburg. Tickets are on sale now at, and the 5 main card bouts will be broadcast live on (Sub-Saharan Africa) and Kwesé Free Sports (Kenya & Rwanda) starting at 20:00 (CAT) and delayed-live on (South Africa) after the 20:30 (CAT) movie. Full broadcast details available on


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