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McLellan first title challenge against Kruger in EFC 28 Fight Card


Words: Bronwen Blunden | Photos: Hendrick Steytler

Reigning Middle Weight champion, Soldier Boy, will go up against JP Kruger on March 27th at the Coco-Cola Dome, in the most important clash in both of the fighter’s careers.

McLellan secured his title on 10 October 2013 when he defeated Jeremy ‘Pitbull’ Smith and clinched the title during the first round. He will now fight for his destiny to retain the championship belt. Winning his Middle Weight Title was a journey that took over two years to achieve, and it is one that McLellan doesn’t take for granted. The seasoned fighter has tasted defeat and commented that he will not give up his title at his first challenge.

“All men fight for their destiny,” agreed McLellan. “EFC 28 Fight Card will be the highlight of my career. There is no fighter that I would rather go up against - I respect Kruger as he is a worthy opponent for my first title challenge, but he will walk away empty handed.”
Dubbed the ‘Destiny Clash’ – Kruger is well respected as a kickboxing champion, and has an impressive record as an undefeated challenger with five wins to his name. The 26 year old, Boksburg fighter trains with Raymond Phillips and will certainly give fans what they are looking for – an epic clash.

“McLellan has become one of the most respected EFC fighters both locally and worldwide, with a strong army of followers. Soldier Boy, the brand, is synonymous with the sport and his military approach to training is infamous,” commented Bronwen Blunden, Brand Manager for Soldier Boy.

It is however the mixture of kickboxing and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) that has attracted the most attention from fans noted his trainer – Richie Quan, with his technique being hailed as one of the best in the sport. The athlete has 10 wins under his belt, with two defeats – McLellan noted that this has humbled him.

The Coco-Cola Dome will host the EFC 28 Fight Card on Thursday, 27 March 2014. Tickets are still available at www.efc.co.za. Updates will be shared on Twitter, follow @SoldierBoyInc and on Facebook.