“I am thrilled that LION FIGHT is the promotion that was able to put together this long-awaited superfight between Simon Marcus and Artem Levin,” said Kent. “This is a world class fight, Muay Thai at its best and Simon vs. Levin is taking place right here in Las Vegas, the fight capitol of the world, for the LION FIGHT light heavyweight championship belt.”
No one in the Muay Thai universe will argue that Marcus and Levin are the two best in their weight classes. Fighting out of the highly respected Siam #1 School in Toronto, Ontario, the yet to be beaten Marcus started training in Muay Thai at just sixteen years old. Now 26, the 6’1” Canadian-Jamaican has been fighting pro since 2006, racking up an impressive 22-KO record. Considered by many as the very best in the world, he has yet to defeat Levin, which will stamp his number one ranking in the sport and crown him as Lion Fight’s new world light heavyweight champion.
Standing 6’3” and fighting out of Prokopyevsk, Russia (65-3), Levin is a multiple world light heavyweight Muay Thai champion with 31 KOs on record. He’s been fighting on the pro circuit since 2003, acquiring virtually every European title in the sport across three weight classes including the WBC Muay Thai World Light Heavyweight title, the ITS SHOWTIME MAX World Champion, the WMC Intercontinental Championship (76 kg.) and also becoming the qualifying tournament champion on the Russian version of The Contender. Now, in this long-awaited superfight at LION FIGHT 9, Levin is ready to not only add the Lion Fight title to his collection, but also destroy the legend of the Muay Thai fighter known as Simon Marcus.
As the night’s co-main event, Tiffany “Time Bomb” Van Soest (5-0-1) takes on Canada’s Natalie Yip, a North American Amateur Muay Thai Champion also fighting out of Siam #1 School in Toronto, Ontario. After amassing 23 fights as an amateur, Yip is making her pro debut in LION FIGHT 9. Van Soest, undefeated female bantamweight champion who trains out of the famed Blackhouse gym, returns to the Lion Fight ring to attempt another solid victory in the organization.
Also at LION FIGHT 9, Kevin Ross makes an immediate return to the ring fresh off his unanimous decision victory over Chris Kwiatkowski at LION FIGHT 8. Ross, a two-time WBC Muay Thai Champion takes on Bernie Mendieta, United Kingdom WBC Muay Thai Champion.
The explosive, hard-hitting Muay Thai sensation Joe Schilling also returns to the ring at LION FIGHT 9 to face Mexico’s “El Tigre” Edwin Aguilera in a 185-pound matchup live on AXS TV. Rounding out the televised card is Ognjen Topic, fighting out of Lodi, NJ vs. Paowarit Sasiprapa from Bangkok, Thailand and a 120-pound fight between Las Vegan Jason Andrada vs. New York’s Erik Ruiz.
Tickets for LION FIGHT 9 go on sale today, Saturday, February 9 at 12 Noon PT. Tickets are available for purchase through the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino box office, at all Ticketmaster outlets (800-745-3000) and online at Ticketmaster.com.
More fights for LION FIGHT 9 will be announced in the near future. Please visit LionFightPromotions.com and follow @LFPLasVegas for news and fight updates.
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