Our one-on-one interview, alongside Warcry Media House, with Glory middleweight champion Artem Levin has he prepares for his highly anticipated fight against Simon Marcus at Glory 21 in San Diego on May 8, 2015.
All video footage and photographs provided by Warcry Media House.
One of the perks of this job is our frequent encounters with greatness. It is rare to given the opportunity to interact with individuals who are #1 in the world in their respective fields or professions. There aren’t many people that can say that.
Our brushes with greatness continued yesterday as we had the pleasure of sitting down with Glory Middleweight Champion and #1 ranked kickboxer in the world, Artem “The Lion” Levin. Levin, who recently moved to San Diego from Russia, is preparing for his title defense against Simon Marcus at Glory 21 in San Diego on May 8. It was abundantly clear that come May 8, The Lion will be focused, hungry, and well-prepared to defend his title as King of the Jungle in the kickboxing world.
“I’ve waited for this fight for a long time. Look at me, I’m ready. My skills are better, I’m better, and I want to destroy him,” said Artem Levin as he discusses his rematch with Simon Marcus on May 8 in San Diego.
Despite being the current middleweight champion under the Glory banner, Levin’s rematch with Marcus is particularly important to him due to the fact that Marcus defeated Levin via unanimous decision in 2013 at Lion Fight.
In a storyline that Hollywood producers would kill for, Levin only has two recent losses: one which Levin avenged on June 21, 2014 at Glory 17, and one at the hands of his upcoming competitor, Simon Marcus. As journalists and fans, we love rematches. The Lion is no different. “I like the rematch. Makes me change to be smarter, to be better, and to transform your mind and your techniques for this guy. I know my opponent for this fight and I know his skills,” Levin said.
Levin admits that his prior loss to Marcus in March 2015 adds extra incentive for him to win this fight, but he’s treating it just like he treats all of his other fights – with extreme importance. “Every fight – it doesn’t matter who – is the most important fight for me. This is an interesting fight because it is a rematch, but I like every fight and I get ready 100% before every fight, but now my emotions are a little [higher] because this is a rematch,”
Levin was showcased in June 2014 at Glory 17 in Los Angeles on a card that was hailed as “Last Man Standing,” which in the end couldn’t be truer. On that night, Levin walked through three formidable foes, which included Alex Pereira, Filip Verlinden and then American fighter Joe “Stich ‘Em Up” Schilling, winning the tournament and paving the path for Glory greatness.
Posting an amazing record of 84-6-1, the tough-as-nails Russian, made a life-changing move in 2015 that would improve his personal life and fighting career for years to come. With a goal to make San Diego a hub for Muay Thai and Kickboxing, Levin moved to San Diego to train and live in “America’s Finest City” under close friend and trainer Artem Sharoshkin.
That Levin packed up his life in Russia and moved to another country where he does not yet fully grasp the language is a testament to his dedication and will to improve. At Glory 21 Levin will get the chance to showcase the fruits of his hard work and show the kickboxing world that his decision to relocate to San Diego has paid off.
As a reporter, sitting down with Levin generates a range of emotions. His quiet, polite demeanor can be misleading when you have a chance to see him in the ring; a cold-stone killer when hitting mitts and sparring. It is hard to imagine looking across the ring at Levin and not thinking about making a break for the exit.
When asked what the fans can expect from his fight, Levin’s answer was simple: War. “For my fight you can await war. It will be war. Two warriors. And there will be only one fighter and it will be me,” Levin said.
On May 8 in San Diego, Glory World Series comes into town and Artem Levin enters the ring with a common goal . . . make kickboxing a sport that everyone wants to see. In addition, “The Lion” looks to maintain his spot among the sports best by avenging a loss from two years ago against Simon Marcus, cementing his place as king of jungle.
Special thanks to Artem “The Lion” Levin, The Boxing Club, Warcry Media House and Glory World Series. Follow Artem Levin @ArtemLIONLevin, Glory World Series @GLORY_WS, WarCry Media House @WarcryMedia and THEFIGHTVOICE @thefightvoice on Twitter. As always, check out http://www.thefightvoice.com for the latest news, stories and interviews in the Southern California’s fight game.