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Sources: Tomasz Narkun-Ibragim Chuzhigaev Light Heavyweight Title Tilt Set for KSW 66



Tomasz Narkun will soon return to attempt his sixth title defense in January.

A person with knowledge of the situation told Sherdog that the Konfrontacja Sztuk Walki 205-pound champion Narkun would face Ibragim Chuzhigaev on the upcoming KSW 66 card in the co-main event. The source asked to stay anonymous since the Polish promotion hasn’t officially confirmed the matchup.

In his latest appearance, Narkun (18-4, 10-3 KSW) failed in his attempt to become a two-division champion after current heavyweight kingpin Philip De Fries stopped “Giraffe” with punches at the 3:37 mark of Round 2 in their rematch, which served as the KSW 60 headliner. Before that, Narkun was on a two-bout winning streak after submitting both Przemyslaw Mysiala and Ivan Erslan via rear-naked choke at KSW 50 and KSW 56, respectively. The 32-year-old titleholder seems particularly vicious in his light heavyweight championship fights, as none of his opponents have survived for more than two rounds.

Chuzhigaev (15-5, 0-0 KSW) is making his promotional debut after a long stint with the Absolute Championship Berkut, now known as Absolute Championship Akhmat. He is currently riding a six-fight winning streak and has lost just once in his last 12 appearances. His list of victims includes Ultimate Fighting Championship alums David Mitchell, Alex Garcia, and Mike Rhodes, as well as KSW vet Piotr Strus and One Championship graduate Igor Svirid, to name a few. The 30-year-old Chuzhigaev boasts a finishing rate of 66%, with eight knockouts and two submissions to his credit.

KSW 66 will go down at the Netto Arena in Szczecin, Poland, on Jan. 15. The headliner is a lightweight championship affair between Marian Ziolkowski and Borys Mankowski. The card will also see the return of former middleweight titleholder Michal Materla against a yet-to-be-announced opponent. Tomasz Romanowski and Rafal Moks will have a spot at the event as well.

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