Norman Parke has spent the last few months campaigning for a rematch with KSW lightweight champion Mateusz Gamrot and he’s finally been granted his wish.
The Northern Irishman will face the Polish champion in a rematch of their KSW 39 fight at the next KSW event which will take place on October 22 in Dublin, Ireland. Parke and Gamrot fought a close three round fight back in May earlier this year at KSW’s record breaking Coliseum fight card, KSW 39.
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Gamrot took home the unanimous decision that evening, but midway through the second round there was a highly controversial moment when the Polish champion appeared bite Parke during a grappling exchange on the mat. Gamrot maintained it was an accident, but Parke believes he committed a foul and should have been deducted a point.
The two have continued to go back and forth on social media in the last few months and after several back and forth exchanges, Parke vs. Gamrot II will now take place at KSW’s first ever fight card on Irish soil in October, KSW 40.
Gamrot (13-0) is undefeated since starting his professional career back in 2012 and he won the KSW lightweight title in May 2016 when he defeated Mansour Barnaoui via a unanimous decision. Having defended the title successfully twice since, Gamrot will now be put into unchartered territory as KSW announced last week that all title fights will now take place over five, five-minute rounds.
KSW will adopt 5×5-minute title fights starting from 🇮🇪 KSW 40 Dublin. The first such championship fight will be announced this Monday pic.twitter.com/rnz7XmKfTJ
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Parke (23-6-1) is by far the more experienced fighter of the two and spent a period in the UFC from 2012-2016 when he went 5-3-1. Since his departure from the promotion, Parke put together wins over Andrew Fisher and Paul Redmond before losing the controversial decision to Gamrot last May.
No other fights have yet been announced for KSW 40, but more expected later this week.