KSW sent the below press release for the announced KSW Superfight between heavyweight champ Phil De Fries and light heavyweight champ Tomasz Narkun at KSW 47 at the Atlas Arena in Lodz, Poland on March 23.
At KSW 47 we will see light heavyweight champ Tomasz Narkun (16-2) step up to heavyweight to take on the reigning and defending champion Phil De Fries (16-6) at the Atlas Arena in Lodz, Poland on March 23.
Both fighters had a stellar 2018 in KSW going undefeated at 2-0, respectively. Tomasz Narkun made history by becoming the first man ever to beat the legend Mamed Khalidov in KSW when he submitted him in emphatic fashion in the final round of their instant classic at KSW 42. Then in the rematch at KSW 46 he secured at decision win over Khalidov in another epic battle.
Meanwhile, Phil De Fries entered KSW in flying form and captured the heavyweight title at KSW 43 with an upset win over imposing KO artist Michal Andryszak. The Sunderlan native then defended the title on home soil at KSW 45 in Wembley Arena with a submission win over former longtime champ Karol Bedorf, a contest where De Fries once again saw himself a massive underdog.
Now establishing himself as true force in the heavyweight division, the UK's number one ranked heavyweight fighter is looking forward to defending his title against Narkun.
"I am very excited to fight Tomasz Narkun, especially after his huge wins over Khalidov," said De Fries. "He has one of the best guard games I have seen in MMA and is very tough, however, I feel I will be too big for him and we will see a repeat of my last two fights. I'm moving to American Top Team in preparation for this fight, this title will be staying with me in Sunderland."
This fight will headline an already stacked card that features Five Time World's Strongest Man Mariusz Pudzianowski (12-6) vs. Olympic Gold Medalist Powerlifter Szymon Kolecki (6-1) and a clash between former welterweight champions Borys Mankowski (19-7-1) vs. Dricus Du Plessis (12-2).