DSF Road of the Warrior: Zadora Makes History (By Pawel Sawicki)

Zadora Celebrates

DSF Kickboxing Challenge held their DSF 22: Road of the Warrior event last Friday in Nowy Sacz, Poland. Dominik Zadora stopped Marcin Mazurkiewicz in the second round to claim the DSF Kickboxing Challenge under 75 kg division belt.

Wroclaw’s own fighter became the first ever double organization K-1 Rules champion in Poland.

Zadora is the Fight Exclusive Night (FEN) champion. He won the belt at FEN 23 by stopping Lukasz Plawecki from Halny, Nowy Sacz. Zadora faced another Nowy Sacz fighter this time. Marcin Mazurkiewicz is Rafal Dudek’s protege, and trains at Fight House in Nowy Sacz. He tries to use his boxing skills since the beginning.

Mazurkiewicz tried to block Zadora’s deadly low kick and counter with his middle kicks. First round was very close but at the beginning of the second, Zadora countered Mazurkiewicz’s low kick with a vicious right hand and dropped the defending champion to the canvas. Then he rushed Mazurkiewicz with a flurry of punches, and referee Krzysztof Kacperski counted Mazurkiewicz twice while standing and stopped the fight.

It means that Zadora is the first ever two Polish professional kickboxing league champion. He beat two Nowy Sacz fighters to claim the FEN and DSF belts, and established himself as the best 75 kg Polish pro kickboxer.

Tough Test for “Mad Max” Bratkowicz

DSF Kickboxing Challenge under 86 kg division champion Maksymilian ‘Mad Max’ Bratkowicz made his under 81 kg debut against a Muay Thai amateur world champion from Belarus, Mikita Shostak. It was a very tough fight for Bratkowicz, who tried to attack from the distance.

Shostak used his Muay Thai skills to neutralize Bratkowicz’s boxing and pressure. It was a classic rivalry between a pure kickboxer and a Muay Thai fighter under K-1 rules, and the judges gave the fight for Bratkowicz. A lot of fans saw Shostak’s victory or a draw, but the judges called their decision and Wroclaw’s own fighter claimed the victory.

Dudek Wears Down Rapper

Enfusion and Glory veteran Rafal Dudek has no problem with popular Polish rapper and amateur silver world championship medalist, Jerzy ‘Juras’ Wronski. Dudek put the pressure and worked on Woronski’s body. In the second round, Wronski retired due to body shots and Dudek gained the victory. They both know each other well, and it was a fair fight. Both fighters are true sportsman with respect to their opponent, and did not act like McGregor before and after the fight.

Lesak Dominates Krolik

Czech Muay Thai and kickboxing champion Lubos Lesak dominated Paco Team Katowice fighter Michal Krolik in a ranking fight in the under 65 kg division. Lesak utilized his size advantage to keep Krolik at distance, and used his superior knees and kicks to smash Krolik’s legs and arms. Witold Kostka’s protege landed some big hooks, but in the third he tried to swing and got a vicious knee which dropped him to the canvas. Krolik got up but was hurt to the last second. The judges did not have doubts about the call, and gave Lesak a unanimous decision.

Poland Defeats Germany

DSF Kickboxing Challenge is known for organizing matches between Poland and other nations. We saw a Poland vs Germany match this time, and Poles won 2-1. Tomasz Broton from Fight House Nowy Sacz showed mature skills and good technical kickboxing to beat very experienced Nuri Kacar. The German fighter was a late replacement but tougher opponent for Broton than the previous one. An outstanding performance for Broton, who won his 7th fight in the DSF Kickboxing Challenge ring.

Ring Krakow representative Piotr Sokol beat Chihad ‘Punisher’ Akipa via majority decision. Sokol showed great boxing skills, and his left hook was a very effective weapon. Sokol said right after the fight that his opponent was stronger on paper than inside the ring, and his next move is the Polish Amateur K-1 Championship. He fought the next day in Sanok, but he did not reach the medal zone.

Deji Kalejaiye, MMA fighter and kickboxer, beat an injured Mateusz Duczmal in the last Poland vs Germany match. ‘Mad Dog’ used his boxing skills, and did not rush into his opponent which Duczmal expected. The Bad Company Leeds fighter tried to kick his opponent’s legs, but he used only the left leg due to a right leg injury. The judges gave a split decision to Kalejaiye.

Daniel Czelusniak beat Marcin Kociolek in the opening bout. Two young local fighters showed good potential but stress was to much for them. Kociolek gassed out in the second round, but survived a knockdown and Czelusniak’s attacks. The judges gave the decision to the fighter from Gorlice.

DSF Kickboxing Challenge 22: Road of the Warrior
26 April, 2019
Nowy Sacz, Poland
Broadcast: tvP Sport (Poland), DSFLive.com (International)

Official Results

Main event:
DSF Kickboxing Challenge under 75 kg championship fight:
75 kg: Dominik Zadora (Artnox Fight Sport/Fighter 1992 Wroclaw) beats Marcin Mazurkiewicz (Fight House Nowy Sacz) via TKO (three knockdowns in one round) in the second round

Co-main event:
81 kg: Maksymilian Bratkowicz (Poland) beats Mikita Shostak (Belarus) via unanimous decision (30-29, 30-28, 29-28)

Ranking fights:
75 kg: Rafał Dudek (Fight House Nowy Sacz) beats Jerzy “Juras” Wronski (Palestra Warszawa) via TKO (body punches) in the second round
65 kg: Lubos Lesak (Czech Rep.) beats Michal Krolik (Poland) via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)

Poland vs Germany:
+91 kg: Deji Kalejaiye (Germany) beats Mateusz Duczmal (Poland) via split decision (29-28, 30-29, 29-28)
75 kg: Piotr Sokół (Poland) beats Cihata Akiba (Germany) via majority decision (29-27, 28-28, 29-28)
71 kg: Tomasz Brotoń (Poland) beats Nuri Kacara (Germany) via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Undercard:
71 kg: Daniel Czelusniak (Gorlicki Klub Sportow Walki) beats Marcin Kociolek (Fight House Nowy Sacz) via unanimous decision

Pawel Sawicki is a top Polish fight journalist and a commentator for the DSF Kickboxing Challenge. Mr. Sawicki is a former editor of Kickboxing Planet, and recently promoted his first kickboxing event.

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