George Staines’s opponent confirmed for OKTAGON 56 in Birmingham

The highly touted ‘Saint’ George Stains (1-0) will take on Slovakian Tomas Cigánik (1-1) on the OKTAGON 56 card in Birmingham.

The Englishman enters the cage for the first time since he became the OKTAGON Challenge: England vs Ireland champion in November. Staines defeated both Matthew Elliot and Armand Herczec on route to the final of the Channel 4 show, before claiming a dominant victory over the charismatic Denis Frimpong on his official professional debut at OKTAGON 48, stopping the Irishman in the 4th round by way of guillotine choke.


At just 22 years old, Stains had already racked up a hugely impressive amateur record of 14-1, while also picking up the IMMAF European Lightweight championship along the way. The young veteran returns to the cage for his second fight in the professional ranks on the 20th of April at the Resorts World Arena in Birmingham, where he will be taking on Tomas Cigánik. The Slovakian is currently 1-1 as a professional and will be making the walk for the first time since February 2022, following a majority decision loss to current OKTAGON fighter Peter Gabel in a tightly contested contest which could have gone either way. 


Despite Cígnik fighting exclusively in Slovakia as a professional, he is no stranger to fighting in enemy territory, with him making the trip to the UK and Ireland several times as an amateur, taking the win from a home fighter on one occasion. The experienced amateur will be looking to get back in the win column, while also silencing the English crowd when he takes on ‘Saint George’ next month.



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