Croatia’s Antun Racic retains KSW bantamweight title
- by croatiaweek
- in Sport
20 December 2020 – Last night at KSW 57 in Lodz, Poland, Croatia’s Antun Racic (25-8-1) successfully retained his KSW bantamweight title with a hard-fought decision win over top Brazilian prospect Bruno Santos (9-2).
It was Racic’s first title defense after winning the belt at KSW 51 last November in Zagreb, Croatia. The 30-year-old fought through some tough positions in the early rounds of the fight but it was his experience which guided him to victory over the five full rounds.
In the end the fighter from Dubrovnik won the fight by unanimous decision after all three judges scored the contest 48-47 to Racic.
KSW 57 was the last event of 2020 for KSW and featured three title fights in total. In addition to Racic retaining his title, the UK’s Phil De Fries (19-6) defended his heavyweight belt for the fourth time in the main event with a second round TKO win over veteran Michal Kita (20-12-1) while Marian Ziolkowski (22-8-1) won the vacant KSW lightweight title with a highlight reel body kick finish over Roman Szymanski (13-6) in the co-main event.
KSW 57 Results
Phil De Fries (19-6) def. Michal Kita (20-12-1) via TKO (punches), round 2, 1:00.
Vacant Lightweight Title
Marian Ziolkowski (22-8-1) def. Roman Szymanski (13-6) via KO (liver kick), round 4, 1:04.
Borys Mankowski (22-8-1) def. Artur Sowinski (21-12) via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-25, 29-27).
Antun Racic (25-8-1) def. Bruno Santos (9-2) via unanimous decision (48-47 x 3).
Abus Magomedov (24-4-1) def. Cezary Kesik (12-1) via technical submission (guillotine), round 2, 1:53.
Patrik Kincl (23-9) def. Tomasz Drwal (22-6-1) via KO (punch), round 1, 4:23.
Marcin Krakowiak (10-3) def. Kacper Koziorebski (7-3) via submission (guillotine) round 3, 4:07.
Christian Eckerlin (13-5) def. Albert Odzimkowski (11-5) via split decision (29-28 x 2, 28-29).