Due to injury, Dricus Du Plessis, Norman Parke makes his return stepping in to take on the Borys Mankowski at KSW 47. The Northern Irish fighter Parke last appeared in KSW at KSW 43: Du Plessis vs. Soldic in April 2018. Since then Parke has fought for Brave FC defeating Myles Price by unanimous decision back in June 2018.
Mankowski has lost his last two fights in a row but they were to current champion Roberto Soldic at KSW 41 and to KSW legend Mamed Khalidov at the iconic KSW 39 show in front of 57,000 plus fans. Mankowski stands as KSW’s longest ever reigning welterweight champion. He still has the ability to make another run at the title. A defeat of Parke would put him right back into title contention.
Solid Replacement Option
In May 2017 Parke took on Mateusz Gamrot for the KSW lightweight title but was unsuccessful in his bid for the gold. The battle took place at the second largest MMA show in history, KSW 39: Colosseum. Parke was believed to be the next up and comer to continue the dominant push of KSW throughout Europe. Parke would get his rematch against Gamrot at KSW 40: Dubin in 2017. But the bout was ruled a no contest on behalf of an accidental eye poke. A year and a half later and Parke will make his reappearance for Europe’s MMA organizational giant in hopes of relighting his fire to take over KSW.
As always KSW events can be seen on KSW.TV. KSW 47 is set to take place in Poland on March 23, 2019. The main event is headlined with a Champ vs. Champ battle as heavyweight champion Phil de Fries defends his title against light heavyweight champion Tomasz Narkun.
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