From the Moment the fight between Luke Michael and Armand Scheepers was announced, there was online warfare between the two former team mates. “Let’s hope for your sake it doesn’t end up like in training. I already beat you into a losing streak,” was the line from Scheepers that started it all in the start of an online spat.
Official EFC press release:
“BOUNCE YOUR HEAD OFF THE CANVAS”
Rivalry between former teammates, Luke Michael and Armand Scheepers, fires-up!
Cape Town, South Africa – Cape Town stars collide when Luke Michael takes-on former teammate Armand Scheepers. Since the fight’s announcement, the two athletes have been cut throat with their intentions. The intense rivalry between two former teammates is set to open the EFC 72 main card broadcast on 11 August, live from GrandWest, Cape Town.
“Let’s hope for your sake it doesn’t end up like in training. I already beat you into a losing streak,” captioned Scheepers on his Facebook just after the fight announcement.
Michael was quick to respond, “What happened at FFM last year? You ran back to Cape Town because you couldn’t handle it here. Let’s see what happens on 11 August.”
Early 2017, both Michael and Scheepers made the move from REPS in Cape Town to FFM in Johannesburg. However, a few weeks prior to his EFC 63 fight, Scheepers returned to the coastal city and his original gym, Michael remained. No longer teammates, their rivalry has been growing with every passing day.
But as the fight draws nearer, tensions are mounting and the athletes are stating their intentions with vivid clarity.
“He can’t stop me. When I bounce his head off the canvas, Luke will know he has lost,” A violent picture, painted by Scheepers late last week on his social media, predicting a KO finish. To further back up his claims, he included photos of when then two men trained together at REPS in Cape Town. Photos that clearly show Scheepers in command.
Tensions between the two are sure to continue gaining steam. This fight is sure to be a spectacular opening bout for the five-fight main card, ahead of the EFC lightweight championship fight between Martin van Staden and Dave Mazany.
EFC 72 Van Staden vs Mazany is presented by Betxchange.com and takes place on Saturday 11 August live from GrandWest, Cape Town. Tickets are on sale at computicket.com, and the 5 main card bouts will be broadcast live, starting at 21:30 CAT/19:30 GMT on Kwesé Free Sports 1 (Kenya & Rwanda), Kwese TV (Sub-Saharan Africa), SABC 3 (South Africa), FIGHT SPORTS (where available) and EFCworldwide.tv (Where available). Prelim bouts available live on the official EFC Facebook page from 17:30 CAT/15:30 GMT. More information at efcworldwide.com.