KSW 54 preivew: Gamrot vs Ziolkowski, “Ruskov” vs. “Izu”

KSW 54 takes place tomorrow in Warsaw, Poland. It’s the company’s third show this year, and its second in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. It will also be the first KSW event to allow both fans and media to attend live.

Tomorrow’s main event is for the lightweight championship, pitting Mateusz Gamrot (16–0, 1 NC) and Marian Ziolkowski (21–7–1, 1 NC), a replacement opponent for the unbeaten Gamrot.

The lightweight champion was originally scheduled to fight Shamil Musaev, who had to pull out because of a knee injury. Ziolkowski was moved up the card as a result, who weighed in yesterday at a lean 154 lbs., while the champion weighed in at 155 lbs.

Gamrot last defended his championship in July at KSW 53 against England’s Norman Parke, where he won after Parke was deemed not fit to compete late in the bout.

The KSW 54 co-main event pits the 254 lbs. Quentin Domingos against Polish boxer and ex-kickboxer Izuagbe Ugonoh, who will be making his MMA debut. Earlier today, Domingos received a four-year ban from AFLD, the French anti-doping agency, for testing positive before a fight in 2018, though we aren’t sure if this will have any impact on the fight in Warsaw tomorrow.

Tomorrow’s other heavyweight bout features two powerful strikers, with 255 lbs. Michal Andryszak going up against 233-pounder Michal Kita.

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Michal Kita’s KSW 54 objective: Destroy Andryszak
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And he’s not joking.

The lightweight division will also host Maciej Kazieczko, who will take on Karlo Caput, a fighter looking for redemption after suffering his first loss last May.

Additionally, Poland’s Pawel Politylo will face the experienced Romanian Bogdan Barbu in a bantamweight match.

KSW 54 kicks off in Warsaw at 11 AM EST/ 2 PM EST/ 7 PM GMT and will air live on FITE TV, KSWTV.com and DAZN.

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