KSW 53 went down Saturday in Warsaw, Poland, marking the promotion’s first event since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. What was to be a lightweight title fight in the main event, however, hit a road block Friady. Norman Parke, the promotion’s interim lightweight champion, missed weight for his bout with double-champ (145/155lbs) Mateusz Gamrot.
As a result, the fight was changed to a non-title affair, though it would still remain the evening’s main event. And a chance for the pair to settle their differences once and for all.
The undefeated Gamrot and former UFC fighter Parke first met in 2017 at KSW 39, the promotion’s record-setting stadium show. Gamrot would come out with the win, but the pair would be booked in a rematch just months later, at the promotion’s very next event.
That fight would end in controversy, after Parke suffered an accidental eye poke and could not continue. The bout was officially ruled a No Contest. KSW fans have awaited a trilogy fight ever since.
The co-main event is an interesting one as well. Former welterweight champion Borys Mankowski is dropping to lightweight, while ex-featherweight champ Marcin Wrzosek is moving up to welcome him to the 155lb division. It’s a fight that could have title implications down the line.
KSW 53: Reborn Results
Mateusz Gamrot def. Norman Parke by TKO (doctor’s stoppage), Round 3, 3:02
Borys Mańkowski def. Marcin Wrzosek by unanimous decision
Tomasz Drwal def. Łukasz Bieńkowski by TKO, Round 2, 2:34
Andrzej Grzebyk def. Tomasz Jakubiec by TKO, Round 2, 0:15
Roman Szymański def. Filip Pejić by TKO, Round 3, 4:37
Artur Sowiński def. Gracjan Szadziński by TKO, Round 1, 2:04
Michał Pietrzak def. Kamil Szymuszowski by knockout, Round 1, 0:56
Sebastian Przybysz def. Jakub Wikłacz by TKO, Round 3, 1:18