Philip De Fries put on a clean performance to claim a one-sided win over light heavyweight champion Tomasz Narkun in their superfight clash in the main event of KSW 47 in Lodz, Poland on Saturday night.
Although Narkun threatened in vain with his signature guard submissions in the last round, he was largely a passenger as De Fries’ power dictated the pace of the fight, leading to his second defense of the promotion’s heavyweight crown.
Every time the light heavyweight champion looked to exchange, his heavier counterpart would leather him with an overhand right that quickly slowed him down—most notably in the opening round. De Fries shut down Narkun’s celebrated submission attempts, using some slick transitions and solid pressure to crush his opponent’s advances.
“That was the toughest fight of my career,” stated De Fries in his post-fight interview.
In the co-main event, Olympic weightlifter Szymon Kolecki claimed a debut win over KSW’s biggest icon, Mariusz Pudzianowski, when the former strongman suffered a leg injury that stopped the action in the first round.
Kolecki used his speed advantage to get in and out of range and managed to put his gargantuan opponent on the deck just before the fight was stopped. It appeared as though the Polish icon suffered an injury to his thigh as he hit the ground. Immediately after hitting the canvas, he grabbed his upper leg in pain, prompting the referee to stop the action.
Norman Parke edged out former champion Borys Mankowski in his welterweight debut, claiming a unanimous decision after a strong showing in the final round.
Mankowski competed for the first time since being dethroned by Roberto Soldic and put on a striking clinic in the first round, connecting with damaging uppercuts on a number of occasions. “The Tasmanian Devil” got the better of the striking back and forth in the second round, but Parke scored what proved to be a very important takedown in dying embers of the stanza. The former UFC lightweight controlled the fight from top position in the final round, connecting with big elbows on the downed Mankowski.
With a win over Phil De Fries going into KSW 47, Satoshi Ishii’s debut win against former champion Fernando Rodrigues Jr. likely secured him the next crack at the title. Ishii’s big highlight came in the second round of the clash when he knocked the Brazilian to the canvas. The strong second round was framed by far more tentative five-minute passages, with the former heavyweight king giving as good as he got in the exchanges against the Japanese veteran.
Aleksandar Ilic opened his account with KSW in memorable fashion after being on the receiving end of a wrestling clinic over the first ten minutes of his middleweight clash with Olympic bronze medalist, Damian Janikowski. Just when it looked like all hope was lost, the Serbian debutant dispatched the Polish fan favorite with a left head kick at the beginning of the third round.
- Phil De Fries def. Tomasz Narkun via unanimous decision (50-44, 50-44, 50-45)
- Szymon Kolecki def. Mariusz Pudzianowski via TKO (leg injury) at 4:24 of R1
- Norman Parke def. Borys Mankowski via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Satoshi Ishii def. Fernando Rodrigues Jr. via split decision (30-27, 29-28, 28-29)
- Aleksandar Ilic def. Damian Janikowski via knockout (head kick) at 0:23 of R3
- Marcin Wrzosek def. Krzysztof Klaczek via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-25)
- Karolina Owczarz def. Marta Chojnoska via split decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29)
- Maciej Kazieczko def. Bartlomiej Kopera via majority decision (30-26, 29-28, 28-28)
- Pawel Politylo def. Dawid Gralka via TKO (strikes) at 3:52 of R2