Huge Title Fight Highlights KSW’s Return To Action In July
For the first time since March, Polish promotion KSW will be back in action. The promotion announced it would be making its return on July 11 in Warsaw, Poland. KSW 53 will be the name of the fight card and it will be featured on the KSW app and KSWTV.com.
No fans will be able to attend the event. The main event will feature Norman Parke v. Mateusz Gamro in a lightweight unification bout. Speaking with MMA Fighting, KSW CEO Martin Lewandowski discussed KSW’s return. Due to the coronavirus, the original KSW 53 was postponed.
We're back 🔥🔥🔥! #KSW53 -> July 11th
— KSW (@KSW_MMA) May 27, 2020
“I am very excited to finally confirm the return of KSW,” Lewandowski said. “Thanks to the pandemic it is has been over six months since the last KSW and this has seemed like an eternity for us.
“The event will take place July 11th in a studio in Warsaw and will feature a huge trilogy fight between rivals Norman Parke and Mateusz Gamrot. I feel it will be one of the biggest European fights ever. Norman is the interim champ, Gamrot is the champion, and they have a big history together. Very happy to make this fight on our return… This is also the first KSW event where fans around the world can watch live on our brand new KSW App as well as KSWTV.com.”
Parke (28-6-1, 1NC) won The Ultimate Fighter lightweight tournament in 2012. Leaving the promotion in 2016, he made his debut for KSW in 2017, losing to Gamrot for the KSW Lightweight Title. He then fought Gamrot to a no-contest in 2017 due to an accidental eye poke. “Stormin Norman” went 4-0 since then. His last bout was a split decision win over Marcin Wrzosek for the interim KSW Lightweight TItle.
Gamrot (15-0, 1NC) made his professional debut in 2012. Debuting for KSW in 2013, “Gamer” has also fought for Cage Warriors Fighting Championship. After beating Parke and fighting to a no-contest, Gamrot beat Grzegorz Szulakowski via submission in 2018 and Kleber Koike Erbst in December 2018. He is the current KSW Lightweight Champion.
The co-main event will be Marcin Wrzosek v. Borys Mankowski. Wrzosek (14-6) is coming off of a loss against Parke in September. He is 3-3 in his last six fights. Mankowski (20-8-1) last fought in November, beating Vaso Bakocevic via submission. He was on a three-fight losing streak prior to that fight.
Stay tuned as more fights for the event should be announced.