Press ReleasesThe Road to Abu Dhabi and Bangkok Passes through Sofia for EFN7
Following the successful launch of the Elite Fight Night (EFN) 2016 season with a revamped Muaythai plus MMA format at EFN6 in Bangkok on August 12, the road to the season end finales in Abu Dhabi and Bangkok now heads to Sofia for EFN-7 on September 24.
Under the new EFN format, EFN7 will feature both Muaythai and MMA fights. The winner of the 4-man Muaythai qualifying tournament will earn his place at the Kings Cup Final in Bangkok on December 5. The four Muaythai fighters scheduled to compete in Sofia at EFN-7 are Marcin Lepkowski of Poland, Vladimir Konsky of Slovakia, Sayfulah Hambahadov of Chechnya and Gligor Stoyanov of Switzerland.
As part of the Road to Abu Dhabi Warriors qualifiers, eight fighters will face off in four bouts. All four winners advance to the Abu Dhabi Warriors Final in the UAE Capital on November 22.
While Elite Boxing has held a number of events in Europe since launching its first event series in 2010, the Bangkok-based company has usually chosen Germany as the venue for its European events. The decision to stage one of the company’s prestigious EFN events in Bulgaria has been taken for a number of reasons.
As Elite Boxing co-founder, Toli Makris, explained, “We have a strong foundation in Bulgaria, and it’s one that we’ve been developing over the last few years. With our local partner Mr Kiril Pendzhurov, we have two gyms in Bulgaria, one on the Black Sea and one in Sofia, so it seemed a logical choice for us to stage an event here.”
Apart from EB’s connections with Sofia, the city is also set to become something of a regional sporting hub in the coming years. Makris added, “Sofia has also been chosen as the European Capital of Sport for 2018, so we are excited to increase our presence here by getting a foothold with EFN-7.”
As part of Sofia’s role as European Capital of Sport for 2018, EB is also leading negotiations to have the International Federation of Muaythai Amateur (IFMA) European Championships in the city in 2018. Staging an EFN event in the city is regarded as a good way of assessing the infrastructure and creating greater awareness of the sport in readiness for the IFMA European Championships.
To find out more about the EFN Series, click here: https://www.eliteboxing.tv/en/efn