Top Polish promotion DSF Kickboxing Challenge held a press conference in Warsaw today to announce the participants and first round match ups in the DSF Heavyweight Tournament.
The 2019 DSF Heavyweight Tournament starts in February, with more first round matches in March. Eastern Europe correspondent Mr. Pawel Sawicki attended the press conference, and informed the semifinals are scheduled to be held in June. The final will be held in either October or December.
The tournament winner will receive a prize of 100,000 Poland Zloty, which is roughly the equivalent of €23,276 or $26,605.
Thomas Hron-veteran from the Czech Republic. The “Rattle Snake” has fought for many top promotions over the years, including GLORY, It’s Showtime, Enfusion, and KOK.
Last year, he defeated Piotr Romankevich by stoppage to win a WAKO European title. In October, he competed in the FEA World GP but lost to tournament winner Roman Kryklia in the semifinals.
Kiril Kornilov-recently fought Roel Mannaart at GLORY 62. Mannaart defeated Kornilov by decision. Kornilov was a 2018 Tatneft Cup semifinalist. The Russian fighter defeated Fabio Kwasi of the Netherlands and Cristian Ristea during last year’s tournament.
Dawid Zoltaszek-Polish fighter who resides in the U.K. Unsuccessfully challenged Romankevich for the title last year. Had a memorable two fight series in Superkombat with Romanian brawler Cristian Ristea.
Michał Turyński-Polish veteran. Defeated Catalin Morosanu by decision at GLORY 44.
Ivan Bartek-Slovakian fighter
Danil Shatalov-Russian fighter, fought at ACB KB 14.
Tournament Alternate: Arkadiusz “Hightower” Wrzosek-Polish fighter. Fought Benjamin Adegbuyi in first round of GLORY 62 tournament. Knocked down and lost a clear decision.
First Round Match Ups:
Kornilov vs Hron (Scheduled for 23 February at DSF Kickboxing Challenge 20 in Krakow)
Zoltaszek vs Trofimov ((Scheduled for 23 February at DSF Kickboxing Challenge 20 in Krakow)
Turynski vs Bartek (Scheduled for 22 March at DSF Kickboxing Challenge 21 in Myslowice)
Shatalov vs Fibich ((Scheduled for 22 March at DSF Kickboxing Challenge 21 in Myslowice)