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PFL Europe: Jakub Kaszuba stuns Dublin into silence with spectacular comeback over John Mitchell

Jakub Kaszuba survived a first-round onslaught from John Mitchell before turning on the style in the second to become the inaugural PFL Europe lightweight champion.

The Pole not only stamped his name in the history books, but also picked up a cheque for $100k following his heroics in Dublin.

Kaszuba was forced to endure a lot of punishment in the opening five minutes of the bout as Mitchell found his range and dished out a series of accurate strikes.

The home fans roared on the Cork-born fighter as they sensed an impending finish. 

While most inside the 3Arena expected the Irishman to finish the job in the second-round, it was Kaszuba who silenced the sold-out crowd with a TKO.

“The first round was really terrible,” Kaszuba told Planet Sport. “I really didn’t like it. I was stiff and I wasn’t moving well. He nearly finished me, but he got really tired trying to finish me in that first round. I could sense it.

“You could tell in the second round he blew a gasket. He lost strength in that second round and I hit him with a big shot – I could hear it hurt him. From that point, I thought I would finish him and I did finish him.

“It wasn’t pretty, but a win is a win. I wanted to be like Colonel Wolodyjowski. Instead I did a Mike Tyson. The win was mine so I’m happy. Glory to the homeland.

“I was told you have to be a brave man to beat an Irishman in Ireland. But I’m not a brave man. I’m a Polish man. I go forward and I don’t stop. If you don’t finish me, I will go forward. I took the best he had and he didn’t finish me. Then it was my turn. He p****d me off.”

Kaszuba is now representing Poland as a European champion in a major MMA organisation.

The 28-year-old defeated Maxim Radu and Dylan Tuke in the earlier rounds of the inaugural PFL Europe tournament.

His latest success takes Kaszuba’s pro record to an impressive 11-0, with seven of those victories coming before the final bell.

When asked how it felt to represent his nation as the continental champion, he added: “It’s hard to believe.

“I’m happy to represent my country, I always wanted to fight under the Polish banner. In the global tournament, I’ll continue to fly the Polish colours on my shorts and shirts.

“As I always say, glory to the homeland. My mentality and my strength comes from Poland. I love Poland. I can’t wait to win a couple of million dollars and enjoy retirement in Olsztyn. I really love it. Maybe a condo in Warsaw as well.”

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