Cape Town - An injury has forced South Africa’s Dricus du Plessis out of his
scheduled fight with Borys Mankowski at KSW 47 on March 23, with Norman Parke
stepping in as his replacement.
Du Plessis, who holds the EFC middleweight and welterweight
titles, must now wait a while longer before getting the chance to rebound from
relinquishing the KSW 77kg strap to Roberto Soldic in a rematch in London in
It’s been a challenging time
for the Du Plessis family, as ‘Stillknocks”s older brother Neil also recently withdrew
from his bout with Gordon Roodman at EFC 77 in
Pretoria on March 16 with a staph infection.
Young prospect Justin ‘The Power’ Smith has since taken Neil’s
spot to face Roodman in the EFC’s first event of the year next month at Time
Parke and Mankowski have some rocky history in Polish-based
promotion KSW. There was controversy after Parke’s fight with lightweight champ
Mateusz Gamrot at KSW 40 in Dublin. The Northern Irishman seemingly shoved
Mankowski, who is one of Gamrot’s main cornermen, following a hot-tempered
fight and a scuffle ensued between Parke’s and Gamrot’s corners before it was
Thirty-two-year-old Parke came into KSW in 2017 following a
successful stint in the UFC and off the back of two straight wins on the
European scene. He immediately challenged Gamrot for the lightweight title at
KSW 39 in front of 57,766 people but lost a very close fight via decision. He
then received an immediate rematch against Gamrot which led to the above incident
with Mankowski. This fight ended in a no contest after Parke suffered an
eye-poke in the second round.
Since then The Ultimate Fighter winner secured victories at KSW
43 over Polish veteran Lukasz Chlewicki and Irish rival Myles Price in Belfast
outside the promotion. Now he returns to KSW and steps up to welterweight, and
gets the fight he has been calling for since KSW 40.
This fight marks the long-anticipated return of Mankowski from
injury. The former welterweight champ hasn’t been in action since he dropped
the title to Soldic in late 2017. Prior to this Mankowski rose to become one of
the best welterweights in Europe. He captured the title at KSW 27 and
subsequently defended it against UFC veterans John Maguire, Jesse Taylor and
David Zawada, dispatching each of them in dominant fashion.
Now the 29-year-old is aiming to come back and work his way
towards the title he held for over three-and-a-half years.
KSW 47 features a champ vs champ headliner between heavyweight
champ Phil De Fries (16-6) and light heavyweight champ Tomasz Narkun (16-2); a
co-main event contest between five-time 'World’s Strongest Man' Mariusz
Pudzianowski (12-6) and Olympic gold medallist weightlifter Szymon Kolecki
(6-1), and a clash between Mankowski (19-7-1) and Parke (25-6-1).
KSW 47 will be available to watch live around the world via
online PPV at www.KSWTV.com on March 23.
KSW 47 fight card:
Main Event - Champ v Champ
Heavyweight Title Fight
Champion Phil De Fries (16-6) v Tomasz Narkun (16-2)
Co-Main Event - Heavyweight
Mariusz Pudzianowski (12-6) v Szymon Kolecki (6-1)
Borys Mankowski (19-7-1) v Norman Parke (25-6-1)
Damian Janikowski (3-1) v TBA
Marcin Wrzosek (13-5) v Daniel Torres (8-4)
Karolina Owczarz (1-0) v Aleksadre Rola (2-0)
Bartlomiej Kopera (9-4) v Maciej Kazieczko (4-1)
Dawid Gralka (6-2) v Pawel Politylo (3-1)
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