SlapFight: A New Form Of Sport Goes Worldwide
Logan Paul trained for it. Dana White tweeted about it. Now, Europe's PunchDown partners with U.S. based SlapStrike to bring social media sensation to world stage.
New York, March 16, 2021 - SlapStrike announced today that it has partnered with PunchDown, the world's largest competitive slapfight organization, to distribute live events to fight fans around the world. Their first event "The War from Warsaw" features the live broadcast debut of Vasily "Dumpling" Kamotsky, the universally recognized greatest slapfighting champion and worldwide social media sensation. The live World SlapFight Championship event will be available to stream across all FITE platforms, apps and devices, Live on Pay-Per-View on Saturday, March 20 at 2pm ET/11am PT for just $14.99!
Competitive slapfighting is the head-turning, new combat sport that has taken social media by storm, with over 100 Million YouTube views worldwide. Logan Paul famously trained to enter a Russian slapfight contest, while Dana White tweeted about the unbelievable action. Six-time powerlifting world champion CT Fletcher, who has captivated the fitness, weightlifting, and aspiring bodybuilders social media world with his YouTube channel CT Motivation, is an early investor in SlapStrike. His video "Hulk Smash" with Kevin "Da Hulk" Washington captured over 22 Million views, and now "Da Hulk", along with undefeated U.S. slapfighting champ Layne "Da Crazy Hawaiian" Viernes has joined the SlapStrike roster.
At slapfight events, world-class competitors, high-profile influencers, and smack-talking rivals give and take their best shot to settle contests, or in some cases feuds, and win the hard way. No running, no holding, no covering up. Participants compete with each other in 1vs1 duels, hitting each other on the cheek with an open hand, maximum 3 slaps per person. The winner is decided by a knock-out or a judge's verdict.
The partnership between Poland-based PunchDown and SlapStrike in the U.S. brings a sport that has been popularized in Europe to audiences around the world. There are plans for 4 world championship live events to be distributed as English-language broadcasts worldwide.
"PunchDown has built an incredible series of events in Europe and we are very excited to be working together to introduce social media sensations such as Dumpling and Zales to audiences in the United States and around the world," said SlapStrike CEO Glenn Pere. "This is a new form of sport that has grown organically over social media and has been turning heads. We are thrilled to be providing a platform for premium live slapfight events worldwide."
"I am very happy that we were able to establish a thread of understanding so quickly, define common goals for the development of this great concept and start a new, long-term cooperation with new friends," said PunchDown co-founder Jakub Henke. "The plans are ambitious, a lot of work is ahead of us, but I am convinced that together we will be able to capture the world's imagination and our fast growing audiences will share their passion for this type of event."
"The War from Warsaw" World Slapfight Championship event will be available to stream across all FITE platforms, apps and devices, Live on Pay-Per-View on Saturday, March 20 at 2pm ET/11am PT.
16 Fighter Tournament live from Poland, with participants including the universally recognized greatest slapfighting champion Vasily "Dumpling" Kamotskiy (Russia), reigning PunchDown world champion David "Zales" Zalewski (Poland), and multi-time strongman world champion and Pro MMA Fighter Artur "Waluś" Walczak (Poland).
First ever women's co-main event featuring Polish influencers Esmeralda vs. Anastasiya
Main Event featuring Polish TV personalities Warszawski Dresik vs. Bonus BGC
English language commentary by combat sports personalities Matt Striker and Vampiro
FITE Replays will be included with purchase.
SlapStrike is a sports production, distribution, and marketing organization founded by veteran marketers behind the biggest boxing events of this millennium. Its first endeavor is to bring competitive slap fighting, a social media sensation driven by European-based live events, to the United States and audiences around the world. SlapStrike has a partnership agreement with PunchDown, Europe's leading slap fight organization, and holds the exclusive worldwide media rights (outside of Poland) for PunchDown's English-language live events including for the first time in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, and Australia. Its first event, "The War from Warsaw" features the U.S. broadcast debut of Vasily "Dumpling" Kamotskiy, the universally recognized greatest slap fighter ever, and worldwide social media star with over 60 Million YouTube views. SlapStrike will distribute 4 live PunchDown events in 2021, and plans to develop, produce, and broadcast future live SlapStrike events held in the United States.