Norman Parke vs. Artur Sowinski Official for KSW 49
Two of KSW’s most popular stars will clash at KSW 49 on May 18 as Norman Parke (26-6-1) faces former champion Artur Sowinski (19-10) in what promises to be an exciting bout at a 74kg/163lbs catchweight.
Parke is coming off the biggest win of his career. At KSW 47 he shocked nearly 15,000 fans who in attendance at the Atlas Arena in Lodz, Poland when he defeated former KSW welterweight champion Borys Mankowski via unanimous decision in what was a gruelling and intense fight. Mankowski bloodied Parke up in the first round before the Northern Irishman rallied back in the second and third round.
With this win the TUF winner has moved to 5-1 (1 NC) since his departure from the UFC and now he will look to keep his good form going and work his way back down to lightweight and a potential rematch with Mateusz Gamrot.
However, first he must get past former KSW featherweight champion and former KSW lightweight title challenger Artur Sowinski. The 32-year-old has been a stable of KSW and a fan favourite since he made his promotional debut back at KSW 14 in 2010. He has since went 9-6 while consistently fighting some of the promotion’s top fighters. Outside of KSW he is also a former opponent of Conor McGregor and Artem Lobov.
In his most recent fight he registered an impressive win over Kamil Szymuszowski in what was his return to lightweight. And now he will be relishing this opportunity at KSW 49 when he steps into the KSW arena opposite Norman Parke.
The monster KSW 49 card will be headlined by Michal Materla (27-6) vs. Scott Askham (17-4) in a much anticipated rematch for the vacant middleweight title and Roberto Soldic (15-3) will defend his welterweight title in the co-main event against the undefeated Krystian Kaszubowski (7-0). Also Damian Grabowski (21-5) will finally make his KSW debut and he will face former heavyweight champ Karol Bedorf (15-4), veterans Thiago Silva (21-9) and Martin Zawada (28-15-1) clash, and social media stars Erko Jun (2-0) & Akop Szostak (3-2) meet one another.
KSW 49 Fight Card
Vacant Middleweight Title
Michal Materla (27-6) vs. Scott Askham (17-4)
Champion Roberto Soldic (15-3) vs. Krystian Kaszubowski (7-0)
Karol Bedorf (15-4) vs. Damian Grabowski (21-5)
Norman Parke (26-6-1) vs. Artur Sowinski (19-10)
Erko Jun (2-0) vs. Akop Szostak (3-2)
Thiago Silva (21-9) vs. Martin Zawada (28-15-1)
Antun Racic (22-8-1) vs. Pawel Politylo (4-1)
More Fights TBA
Live on http://www.KSWTV.com
Upcoming KSW events:
KSW 48 – Hala Globus, Lublin, Poland, April 27
KSW 49 – Ergo Arena, Gdansk, Poland, May 18
KSW 50 – TBA