Simply the Best 17 Farciennes, WKN Kickboxing World Championship Piras vs Gozdzicki
Lorenzo Piras (l) vs Allan Gozdzicki (r) in their first bout / Pic: Michele Reginali

STB 17 Farciennes: Piras vs Gozdzicki 2

World Championship returns to Belgium end of the year with kickboxing series Simply the Best 17 Farciennes. The event is the fourth episode produced in the country, known for such names as Jean-Claude Van Damme and Osman Yigin, just to name a couple. It follows two previous chapters held in the city, as well as the launch of the series in 2014 in Charleroi.

The main event is a five-round contest for World Kickboxing Network lightweight title. The reigning champion out of Italy Lorenzo Piraz (21-5-0, 10 KOs) faces the representative of the country-host Allan Gozdzicki (45-20-3, 13 KOs) in defense of the belt. The bout is also a rematch, following their original encounter in April on Sardinia, where the local fighter took the decision, consequently winning the title.

Earlier in his career Lorenzo Piras has also earned WKN super featherweight European title, winning against Belgian Paolo Renna at STB 12 last November. His resume includes the battles against Karl McBlain, Alessio Pisano, among others.

Allan Gozdzicki makes his third Simply the Best appearance. He headlined the first episode facing off Korean Dong Su Kim for WKN Intercontinental title, as well as scored the decision against Italian Alessandro Fillini at the last year’s show in Farciennes. In addition he challenged Denmark’s Mohammed el Mir for WKN European welterweight title at Bigger’s Better 15 Aarhus live on Eurosport in 2011.

The list of other fighters expected at STB 17 Farciennes includes Ashley Gilson, Nordine Saidane, Xavier Lejour, among others. The date of the event and other match ups are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

Lightweight Lorenzo Piras (c) vs. Allan Gozdzicki