Potential welterweight number one contender bout still on

08 November 2017


Johannesburg, South Africa - Revealed via a live Facebook broadcast, Themba Gorimbo has withdrawn from his welterweight clash with Brazil’s Jose Da Rocha. He has stepped out of the fight sighting personal reasons, but has also announced that teammate Pupanga ‘Fire Boy’ Tresor has taken the opportunity to step in to face the former title challenger.

Watch the broadcast hosted by Themba Gorimbo here:

During the live broadcast, Gorimbo gives an in-depth account of the problems he faced before his last fight with Dave Mazany and goes on to explain why he has withdrawn from his scheduled bout with Da Rocha.

Privately he made it clear that he wouldn’t have stepped out of the bout if there was not such a strong teammate ready to take his place.

FFM powerhouse Pupanga Tresor has been grinding away, building his skillsets to be more than just a dangerous kickboxer. A giant of a welterweight, he possesses insane KO power and a well-rounded grappling ability.

Over two-years ago he made the move from Cape Town to Johannesburg and has never looked back. He has remained undefeated since the move, has laid claim to one of the most devastating KOs ever witnessed inside the Hexagon, and looks to do it again.

Tresor stated when the announcement was made, “I’m on and I’m gonna smash this boy”.

Last time fans saw Da Rocha in action, he faced an undefeated contender, Cameron Pritchard, and revealed a new breed of athlete. In just 23 seconds he finished the fight by KO, laying Pritchard out with a seemingly laser guided right hand.

The Cape Town crowd was stunned as glimmers of the Brazilian’s true skills shone through. Now he is set to return for a third visit, this time in the hometown of Du Plessis. For Da Rocha, the path to redemption is clear, and now it is Tresor that stands in his way.

This potential welterweight decider takes place on the main card, just ahead of the TF1 Finale and the EFC bantamweight title unification fight between champion Demarte Pena and interim champion Irshaad Sayed.

EFC 66 Pena vs Sayed 2, the TF1 Finale, is presented by Constantia Insurance and takes place on Saturday 16 December live from Time Square, Pretoria. Tickets are on sale soon at, and the 5 main card bouts will be broadcast live on (Sub-Saharan Africa), Kwesé Free Sports 1 (Kenya & Rwanda) and live in South Africa on SABC 3 starting at 21:00 (CAT). Full broadcast details available on

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