Former It’s Showtime 70 KG Champion Murat Direkci will face fellow veteran Hafid “The Hyena” El Boustati at the Enfusion gala taking place on 2 November in Antwerp, Belgium. Enfusion co-promoter Antwerp Fight Organisation made the bout official Wednesday.
It’s a match up of two experienced fighters who competed for top organizations before taking hiatuses from the ring. Morocco’s El Boustati fought for It’s Showtime and GLORY, with his most notable win a TKO against Robin van Roosmalen back in 2012. He lost via unanimous decision to Giorgio Petrosyan at GLORY 7 back in 2013.
Direkci held the It’s Showtime title from 2009-2010, and also fought for GLORY and for K-1 in Japan. The Turkish fighter faced some of the biggest names in the sport before his retirement, including van Roosmalen, Artur Kyshenko, and Nieky Holzken.
The Direkci-El Boustati is the first bout officially announced for the event, which will be held at the Lotto Arena.