Norman Parke to decide on KSW 39 ‘Colosseum’ this week says Lewandowski

KSW president Martin Lewandowski claims that Norman Parke has received a contract offer for this ground-breaking 60000-seat stadium show in Poland on May 27, dubbed ‘KSW 39: Colosseum’.

The Polish promotion’s unbeaten lightweight champion, Mateusz Gamrot, currently has no opponent for the historic event that has already sold over 30000 tickets, beating the UFC’s European record set in Stockholm in 2015.

Parke has been campaigning for the fight on social media networks ever since his narrow win over Paul ‘Redser’ Redmond in the main event of BAMMA 28 at Belfast’s SSE Arena last month.

Lewandowski claimed that Northern Ireland’s Parke is the type of marquee name they want to bring in for the event, but he has yet to agree to the terms they have sent him.

“Norman would be a great name to bring onboard for this card,” said Lewandowski.

“I’ve told him that myself, but since we started talking about this fight, he has been trying to come up with some different ideas on what we should be putting in his contract.

“Actually, two days ago I sent him my last word on what I can do for him in terms of the contract. I’ve also told him what I don’t want to agree on. Right now, he needs to think about how badly he wants to be a part of the KSW brand.”

Lewandowski insisted that money was not the problem, but assured that Parke would make his final decision on whether he will compete at the historic event early this week.

“I think I’ve done everything to fulfill his expectation,” insisted Lewandowski.

“The fight money is right. Usually, the money is the thing that people don’t agree on, but in this case the money is not the problem actually.

“We have agreed on the fight money. There is a long-term relationship described in the contract, but there are some things that I cannot get into until he signs.

“Perhaps we can talk about it a little longer if the deal comes through. He has asked us what time we would need a decision and we know we will hear from him at the beginning of next week.

“From my point of view, he really wants to fight Gamrot and he wants to be a part of this historic event.”

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