BREAKING!! Marian 'Golden Boy' Ziolkowski (21-7-1) will now challenge Mateusz Gamrot (16-0) for the KSW lightweight championship this Saturday. #KSW54
Ziolkowski replaces Shamil Musaev who sustained an injury. pic.twitter.com/AuHEcVe6tq — KSW (@KSW_MMA) August 25, 2020
KSW 54 has undergone a last-minute change to its scheduled main event.
On Tuesday morning, Konfrontacja Sztuk Walki revealed that Shamil Musaev sustained a knee injury in training, and he won’t be able to challenge Mateusz Gamrot for the lightweight title at KSW 54. As a re-sult, the Polish promotion announced that "Gamer" is now locking horns with Marian Ziolkowski.
After tapping to former KSW featherweight champion Kleber Koike Erbst in his promotional debut, Ziolkowski (21-7-1) has scored back-to-back victories at the expense of both Grzegorz Szulakowski and Gracjan Szadzinski at KSW 46 and KSW 48, respectively. "Golden Boy" was already scheduled to clash with Maciej Kazieczko (6-1) in a 155-pound bout at KSW 54, but he immediately took the chance to fight for the divisional title when the opportunity arose. At the moment, the Polish promotion is also looking for a new opponent for Kazieczko.
In his latest cage appearance, Gamrot (16-0) picked Norman Parke apart in a grudge match that settled their bitter rivalry once and for all at KSW 53. Prior, "Gamer" became the first two-division champion in the Polish promotion's history after dropping down a weight class and winning the featherweight title at the expense of Kleber Koike Erbst at KSW 46.
KSW 54 will take place in Poland on Aug. 29. On the same card, former professional boxer and kickbox-er Izuagbe Ugonoh will make his MMA debut against Quentin Domingos in the heavyweight division. The card will also feature lightweight clashes in Lukasz Rajewski vs. Bartlomiej Kopera and Sebastian Rajewski vs. Armen Stepanyan.