Marcus Kowal on his Farewell Fight for Liam

Less than two years ago, Kowal’s 15-month-old son, Liam, was killed after he was struck by a car in his stroller in Hawthorne by a drunk driver, Donna Marie Higgins, 72, who was sentenced after an August guilty plea to six years in prison.

“The truth is,” Marcus Kowal said of his CXF Promotions fight at Sportsmen’s Lodge, “this fight is for Liam.”

Dedicated followers of combat sports know Kowal, 40, as a guy who’s everywhere in the game. He owns the Systems Fighting Center gyms in Westwood, Hawthorne, Inglewood and Encino, coaching and mentoring fighters of all levels at gyms throughout the Southland.

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