Polish promotion KSW has become a master of bringing the attention and headlines of its home nation fans to the bright lights and glossy production that the company boasts with pride.
2018 has already been an incredible year, with KSW 43 being hailed as number 1 on Polish TV on the night it went live. But not to be outdone, KSW 44 is looking to carve out an even bigger share of the market space, and with this brings the return of Tomasz Oswiecinski.
Tomasz ‘Strachu’ Oswiecinski (1-0) is a former personal trainer and actor, starring in action movies and soap operas in Poland. A highly popular figure, the hulking heavyweight shocked the country when he announced his intentions to compete at KSW 41 last December. Oswiecinski would clash with infamous Polish rapper Popek Monster in a highly competitive fight which saw Oswiecinski resurrect from the jaws of defeat to take a second-round TKO.
Next on the slate for Strachu is Erko Jun (0-0). Jun is a Bosnian bodybuilder and fitness model based in Belgium. Well known in his respective circles, Erko Jun is looking to create a new fan base when he steps into the KSW cage on June 9. Erko has been training at UFD, a top German gym, with the likes of recently former KSW champion Roberto Soldic, and other KSW mainstays David Zawada and Antun Racic.
While this fight is targeted towards a continued awareness of the promotion and sport among the more casual fanbases in Poland, I feel that it’s an insult to the fighters to label it anything other than a fight. These two big men are dedicating their time towards martial arts, and at KSW 44 in Gdansk, Poland, their backgrounds as actors or bodybuilders will be cast aside in favour of knees and elbows.
Also slated for KSW 44 is the long-anticipated showdown between Mariusz Pudzianowski (12-5), who you’d think is a big inspiration to both Oswiecinski and Jun, and Karol Bedorf (14-3) in what is the pinnacle of Poland’s heavyweight mixed martial arts.