The Las Vegas-based Lion Fight Promotions Muay Thai returns to the Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, and live on AXS TV for “Lion Fight 9” Friday, March 15, starting at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT. In the main event, CEO Scott Kent knows he has staged the one fight that no else could make happen: the battle between the two best light heavyweight Muay Thai fighters in the world. In a Muay Thai superfight of sorts, Simon Marcus and Artem Levin will finally square off.
Simon Marcus joined MMA Fight Corner on Tuesday night to discuss his upcoming challenge.
“I’m fighting Artem Levin out of Russia. It’s going to be for the first Lion Fight Promotion Light Heavyweight World Title in the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas. It’s the fight everybody’s been waiting to see, very anticipated. We were supposed to fight a few times, but it got put off, but now it’s for the undisputed number one spot in the world.”
“I’m sure he’s just as excited about it as I am. Everybody knows We’re both the top guys. I have a remarkable record, he has a remarkable record, and everyone wants to see who’s number one. So, this will be our chance to prove it.”
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 Siam #1 School in Toronto, Ontario, the undefeated Marcus has been training since he was 16-years-old. Now, at just 26-years-old, Marcus holds 22 knockouts on his pro Muay Thai record.
Levin is a multiple world light heavyweight Muay Thai champion with 31 KO’s on his record. He’s been pro since 2003, and has held various European titles in three different weight classes. Winning the Lion Fight Light Heavyweight Championship would solidify either man’s legacy in their own right.
“It takes hard work and dedication to get to the level where you’re fighting the best in the world from anywhere in the world. I’ve put in that hard work, I’ve dedicated 100 percent. So, it feels good to get the recognition and the reward,” Marcus said.
Also featured in the co-main event, Tiffany “Time Bomb” Van Soest (5-0-1) taking on Canada’s Natalie Yip, a North American Amateur Muay Thai Champion also fighting out of Siam #1 School in Toronto, Ontario. After 23 fights as an amateur, Yip makes her pro debut at Lion Fight 9. Van Soest, the undefeated female bantamweight champion, who trains out of Blackhouse, returns to the Lion Fight ring in hopes of extending her win streak.
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. The explosive, hard-hitting Joe Schilling also returns to face Mexico’s “El Tigre” Edwin Aguilera in a 185-pound matchup. 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 Vegas’ own Jason Andrada vs. New York’s Erik Ruiz.
Tickets for Lion Fight 9 are on sale now. 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.
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