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24-vuotias (kirjoitushetkellä 2011) Artem Levin on monella tapaa ihanteellinen thainyrkkeilijä. Äärimmäisen ulottuva (190cm/81kg), teknisesti monipuolinen, ajoituksellisesti taitava ja sopivan röyhkeä. Levinin nousu tähtiin kansainvälisellä tasolla tapahtui , kun hän voitti IFMA:n amatöörien maailmanmestaruuden 18-vuotiaana. Tätä seurasi vielä 3 kappaletta amatöörien maailmanmestaruuksia sekä 3 IFMA:n Euroopan mestaruutta joka on varmasti kaikkien aikojen ennätys.
Sen lisäksi Leviniltä löytyy SportAccord World Combat Games voitto, jossa hän päihitti Yodsaenklai Fairtexin jolle hän oli hävinnyt aikaisemmin tyrmäyksellä (siihen astisen uran ainut tyrmäystappio).
Serge TREFEU: Hello Artem, thank you for grant me this interview.
You were born and you grew in which region of Russia?
ARTEM LEVIN: I was born and grew in Siberian town of Prokopyievsk
S.T.: Towards what age you began the boxing?
A.L. : I was fond of basketball since 6, but as for my brothers had been boxing, I knew I would become a boxer at 10.
It was undisputable.
And when I have reached the age of 10, the age a child can come to gym, I joined boxing team…
S.T.: In your region the Thai Boxing was developed when you began?
A.L. : Not really
S.T.: Child you were rather a brawler or at all?
A.L.: I’ve been an active boy, but not a bullyboy
S.T.: How you discovered the boxing?
A.L.: I’ve got two elder brothers, who had told me that I should be a boxer since I have been in the age of reason.
Other options were not considered. I knew that it would be my future anyway.
S.T.: Why you chose this sport ?
A.L.: I always liked boxing.
When we had found a thai boxing gym occasionally, we have chosen this sport.
It became clear that muay thay is a comprehensive discipline and it can be used on streets.
It was love at first sight: various techniques, fighters’ staying power, ancient history, everything was charming
S.T.: Speak us about your very first gym, what was your trainer?
A.L.: Oleg Petrovski was my first coach.
The gym is still the same (Kuzbass Muay Thai Gym). It’s the oldest one in this town.
Mr. Vitaly Miller is my present coach.
We are together during 12 years.
He is the one who made me as I am now, whom with I gain new victories
S.T.: Muay Thai is well known now in Russia what is that there are a lot of events in the country?
A.L.: No, not many.
At least, there are not as many as we would like
S.T.: The Russians like the Thai boxing, they know well this sport today?
A.L.: Muay thai is going to be Olympic discipline.
So, muay thai is supposed to be popular and interesting sport.
Russia is not an exception.
And if we have an interest, there would be its fans and experts
S.T.: When you began, do there were champions who you one influenced by their boxing for the continuation of your career ?
A.L.: The outstanding muay thai master Grigory Drozd has been an example.
He came from my native Prokopyievsk.
His achievements in the sport were incredible high at right that time.
And I always have had sympathy for great champion Roy Jones Jr.
S.T.: You fought a lot in amateurism which title you gained amateurishly?
A.L.: I have no amateur records.
I was competing much, and I guess there is a solid record.
Main titles are 5-time World champion, 3-time European champion.
My opponents are the strongest fighters in my weight, they are well-known all around the world
S.T.: What memory you have in championship of Amateur world?
A.L.: It’s rare thing to face all the best fighter at the same time and place.
One can make a lot of useful contacts.
Each competitor stands the test of hardness.
World championships are understood as festival of sport.
I bring many impressions from the events
S.T.: Do you fights only in Muay Thai or sometimes also in the other disciplines as the Kickboxing or the K1 rule ?
A.L.: Muay thai is my discipline, but if I receive worth offers in K-1, I take them and show what I have in me.
I’m a professional indeed
S.T.: You began in which category the boxing and in which category you fights today ?
A.L.: First progress appeared at 67kg class, at current it is light heavyweight, i.e. 79 kg
S.T.: In professional, what are the titles which you gained and against whom ?
A.L.: WMC Intercontinental title against Alexander Stetsurenko of Russia,
EMF European title against Vitor Pereira of Portugal,
Contender Asia 2 russian qualifier against Vitaly Gurkov of Belarus,
It’s Showtime World title against Lhoucine Ouzgni of Marocco
S.T.: In Professional how much you made of fight, how much victory and defeats ?
A.L.: 39 wins (29 by KO), 10 by decision, 3 losses
S.T.: You fought in Thailand, how much you have make of fight in Thailand?
A.L.: I ran about 10 pro fights, and I didn’t recorded amateur fights
S.T.: In what year you went the first time in Thailand ?
A.L.: In 2005 at World championship
S.T.: In what camp you were trained ?
A.L.: At the largest thai World Muaythai Council Camp on Ko-Samui
S.T.: What are the Thai champions whom you faced ?
A.L.: Yodsaenklai Fairtex (1 win, 1 lose),
Surrasak Pakkhothakang (win),
Tum Madsua (win),
Nonthanon Por Pramuk (win),
Nonsai Sirisuk (win),
Asanai Peniran (win).
And there is upcoming fight versus Kaoklai Kaennorasing
S.T.: What do you think of Thai fighters ?
A.L.: The main peculiarity of thai fighters is that muay thai is the reason of life, it can’t be said about Europeans.
Muay thai is nearly the one opportunity to make way in life, earn for living.
Thus, it a hard thing to compete top thai fighters…
S.T. You faced twice the best Thai in 75 kg Yodsenklai, you once lose (By KO) and you once win against him (in points), what do you think of him ?
A.L.: I’d like it to happen, but as far as we are in different weight categories now, this is next to possible
S.T.: You have made of great fight in front of champions as Dmitry Valent, Emil Zoraj, Dmitry Shakuta what think you of these opponents ?
A.L.: I respect all of my opponents in the ring.
Each has become a step in my career, each has been worth of winning and gaining their titles
S.T.: Amateurishly you met French boxers as Jonathan Camara, Sidibe Cheick, that do you think of French fighters ?
A.L.: French national team participates in international championships constantly.
Fighters are of presentable level
S.T.: Do you know French fighters ?
A.L.: Except those you’ve mentioned, I know Gregory Choplin, Jerome Le Banner
S.T.: One of the best French in 77 kg is Gregory Choplin, would like you to meet him ?
A.L.: I fight with the best. I assume it can be
S.T.: Would you like to come to fight in France?
A.L.: Sure, I like travelling
S.T.: In 2010 in Amsterdam you gained the championship of World It’s Show Time in 77 kg against the Dutch Ouzgni, how you found the atmosphere of the evenings in Holland and how think you of Dutch fighters ?
A.L.: Another school, another level.
There was an excellent show, but I think Russian fighters can compete Dutch at their best
S.T.: You are soon going to meet the Thai Kaoklai Kaennorasing for a championship of the World WBC, you know Kaoklai, he beat champions foreign to K1 Heavyweight, it’s a great champion, what will be your tactics of fight in front of him ?
A.L.: Team Kaoklai would be reading the interview.
I’d rather keep this information not to get wrong impressions of the fight with its predictability…
S.T.: What are the champions of Muay Thai of your category who are the best for you at present in the world ?
A.L.: In my opininon, thai best fighter become champions.
They are on the top of rankings!
S.T.: There is an opponent in particular that you would like to meet today ?
A.L.: No, I’m ready to fight anyone. I consider all offers
S.T.: Your hardest fight of your career it was against whom ?
A.L.: Both fights versus Yodsaenklai were the hardest ones.
Both physically and mentally.
The first fight, because it happened to be the only loss by knockout, the second, because it was the versus the same opponent from whom I had got that loss in record.
I have to win crucially.
It was a hard earned win.
I’ve been awarded Will-to-win spirit prize on National martial arts awards ceremony !
S.T.: Who is for you today after the Thailand the country the strongest in Thai boxing ?
A.L.: It is obvious at World championships. Belorussian, Dutch, Ukrainian fighters
S.T.: At present where you train and with which sparring partners ?
A.L.: At my place in Prokopyievsk.
Sparring partners are numerous in Kuzbass team.
National and European champions help me to prepare.
It would be hard without their help, so far sparrings make me stronger and partners get experience and new skills.
We learn from each other
S.T.: In Russia the winter it is very cold, you are used to make trainings in the cold with often the joggings outside, when you are going to fight in a warm country for example in Thailand, it is difficult to acclimatize quickly to the conditions or it never raises you of problem ?
A.L.: Siberians don’t notice frost. Foreigners are afraid of our frosty weather.
If we refer to history, it is russian winter what helped us win battles.
I become used to time zone and weather siftings and I can easily accustom to conditions
S.T.: What are the techniques which you most like making on the boxing ring ?
A.L.: There are different series, knee and elbow hits
S.T.: What are your strong points ?
A.L.: Commercial secret
S.T.: And your weak points which you would like to improve ?
A.L.: I see not weak points, but ways for perfecting.
The side to improve always can be found
S.T.: You like making the Show on the boxing ring, dancing and defying your opponent, it is a way of destabilizing him psychologically ?
A.L.: Yes, it is.
S.T.: One you nickname “The Lion”, where from comes to you this nickname ?
A.L.: This is my surname conjugate.
I try my best to match it in the ring
S.T.: Today you make a good living thanks to Muay Thai ?
A.L.: I hope so. Thanks to muay thai many doors and opportunities are opened for me
S.T.: When are your next fights in 2011 against whom ?
A.L.: I am focused on the upcoming WBC World title bout versus Kaoklai.
Further plans and negotiations are delayed
S.T.: What are your projects for 2011 ?
A.L.: I will take many striking title bouts and make several seminars while travelling across the world
S.T.: Thank you very much for this interview and CHOOKDEE
A.L.: Thank You too. Good luck!
Artem Levin walk off with everything amateurishly, 5 championships of the World, a record !
Thank a big amateur experience he became now one of quite better world in professional.
Its unpredictable boxing and especially its terrible punch destabilize his opponents.
He has just beaten redoubtable Kaoklai Kaennorasing and so becomes the new World champion WBC – 79 kg !
Height : 1m90
Weight: 80 Kg
Number of fight:
43. 40 wins (29 by KO).
World Champion WBC (2011).
It’s Showtime 77 MAX World Champion (2010).
The Contender Asia Season 2 Russian qualifying tournament champion (2008).
Battle of Champions tournament champion (2008).
WMC Intercontinental Champion (2007).
WMC EMF European title (2007)
SportAccord World Combat Games Muaythai champion (2010).
IFMA European Amateur Muaythai champion (2010).
IFMA European Amateur Muaythai champion (2009).
Busan TAFISA World Games IFMA Amateur Muaythai champion (2008).
IFMA Amateur Muaythai World champion (2007).
IFMA Amateur Muaythai World champion (2006).
WMF Amateur Muaythai World champion (2006).
WMF Amateur Muaythai World champion (2005).
IFMA Champion of Russia (2003)
Gym: Kuzbass Muay Thai
Ja viimeisin ottelu, vastassa David Keclik. Tapahtuma Muay Thai Premier League, Kalifornia.
Levin ei liikoja lepäillyt, vaan meni puolustamaan It’s Showtime-mestaruuttaan ja oletettavasti hakemaan mukavan rahasumman viime lauantaina. Parhaimmillaanhan mies on Muay Thaissa, mutta sujuu se otteleminen näilläkin säännöillä.
Artem Levinin tuore haastattelu.
Interview with Artem Levin: I want to fight with an opponent, instead of “It’s Showtime”
11 October. Moscow. Amsterdam Boxing club held a master class training with the honored Master of Sports in Thai boxing, multiple Muay Thai World Champion Artem Levin. After the training Artem kindly agreed to give an interview to THAIBOX.RU.He told us about his latest fights and his plans for the future.
Artem, please tell us about your first It’s Showtime belt defense – judging by the prefight statements, Murtel Groenhart wanted to take your champion title badly.
I suppose that “Its Showtime” itself wants me to lose the belt so it could stay in Holland. That’s the real reason why all my “It’s Showtime” fights are not very attractive and spectacular: I have to fight not only with the rival, but also with the judges, who are ready to deprive me of victory for any misstep. So I have to work carefully, to avoid any mistakes. But it should be a knock out win, to avoid any other judges decisions.
Artem, our website comments prove that the title defense fight fetched the audience more than the fight with Lucien Ouzgni.
To tell the truth, I do not like my “It’s Showtime” fights myself. I would like to refer to the organizers: Give me a possibility to fight only with an opponent. I want to take risks, show spectacular fighting and viewy knockouts.
In late July you had only two fights at the Russian Championship held in Chelyabinsk. The audience did not have enough time to see you as follows. What can you say about you performance there.
The main task was the national team selection, so I had to prove my team place. I set a target to try myself in the up to 81 weight category again and to work out some fight elements. Another necessary task for me was to support the team. I think I have managed to do it.
However, due to the champion belt defense fight you did not take part in the World Championship.
Yes, I was not able to attend Tashkent World Championship, but anyway I will take part in the World Cup next year. In 2012 the World Championship will take place in our country – in St. Petersburg. I came to Moscow from St. Petersburg, where I had conducted another master class training and talked to the press. My trip there was in some way associated with the upcoming World Cup and I believe that this is a big step in the development of Thai boxing and martial arts in Russia. The World Games of Martial Arts – Martial Arts Olympics will also take place in St. Petersburg in 2013. Our team won the first team place last year in Beijing. I brought back gold, winning in principle final fight against Yodsaenklai Fairtex. So 2012 and 2013 will be rich with the amateur muay thai events.
What about professional tournaments?
Another major tournament will be held in Chelyabinsk In February 2012. It will be similar to the “For Russia!” tournament which took place this year, A number of titles in boxing, kickboxing were at stake there. In particular, I got WBC muay thai Champion Belt winning Kaoklay Kaennorsing. And, of course, Muay Thai Premier League –it is still young but rapidly developing project with big fees. This weekend the second stage was held in Italy, where in my subgroup Kaoklay won the Italian Roberto Cocco, which I will box in Amsterdam this November. And in the other group Jiri Zak lost on points to belgian Mark De Bont in my weight – I want to see this fight myself, because Jiri Zak was the favorite of the match. At the moment I have two signed contracts for the fights in Muay Thai Premier League. On Friday I’ll be home in Prokopyevsk where I will begin the final phase of training – sparring work on the eve of the fight in Amsterdam. Then, it might be a fight with a Dutch athlete in Latvia. In December, I will probably get some rest, because Premier League is planned for January. So my schedule is quite busy.
Artem, i would like to ask one more question about the Premier League: two first group places pass over to the playoffs and, after Artem Vakhitov lost to Simon Marcus, it is likely that you will meet in the semifinals.
We will be boxing if it is necessary, but none of us wants to, because we are not only colleagues and sparring partners, but also good friends. For me he is like a protégé, my younger brother. The main task is to pass over the group stage and show the audience spectacular fighting.
Artem, thanks for the interview. What will you say to the visitors of our website?
Go in for Thai boxing, take exercises and physically advance – A sound mind in a sound body
Suoraa puhetta Leviniltä. Mielenkiintoinen seikka on myös se, että mies tullaan jatkossakin näkemään amatöörikisoissa. Tästä(kin) voi päätellä, että Venäjän thainyrkkeilymaajoukkuetta tuetaan ja mitalisteja palkitaan rahallisesti hyvin.
Tästä Artem puhui Liverkick.comin haastattelussa.
Liverkick.com Interviews Artem Levin
Sunday, 19 February 2012 13:20
Written by Rian Scalia
Artem Levin has been the number one fighter on our Liverkick.com Light Heavyweight Rankings for quite some time now. Arguably one of the top pound for pound fighters in the sport if you play that game, he’s dominated his opposition for the past few years. He has a fight coming up on March 3 in Russia and another one on March 31. We got the chance to talk to Artem about a plethora of subjects, including his upcoming fights, why he fights the way he does and his future in the sport.
LiverKick: Your next fight is on March 3 against Cheick Sidibe. What do you know about your opponent?
Artem Levin: I’m watching his fight videos. He’s a persistent guy. He’s accenting on knees, using his height, but doesn’t take punches to the head well. He’s characterful. We will see what it is going to be.
LiverKick: Simon Marcus and Joe Schilling are fighting soon. Both of them would like to fight you and Joe Schilling is the interim champion to your world title belt. Will you be keeping an eye on that fight?
Artem Levin: Yes, sure. They are interesting to me. It is expected to be one of the most important fights in career for both. They are looking forward for the next fights. I’m following the things concerned with this fight. It’s going to be a bomb as both don’t recognize a menace in another. Simon has next fight versus Kaoklai on March 16th, and Joe has next fight versus me on March 31st. Let them define the things between them, and I’m always ready to fight both. You are welcome.
LiverKick: You’ve recently fought as low as 77kg and as high as 82.5kg. Is it hard to go down to 77kg and would you go up even higher in weight?
Artem Levin: It is always hard to drop weight, but I’m doing nothing that could be impossible. I know my body, I know how to recover to be in shape before a fight. Thus, it’s not a problem to me. As for gaining weight, there are rumors about of a Golden Glory Grand Prix at 85 kg. I’d be glad to take part and pump up muscles.
LiverKick: You like to have fun in the ring, taunting and playing with your opponents. Were you inspired by anyone to fight like this?
Artem Levin: I think, that you are not to imitate or copy someone in the ring. The manner has to be individual and comfortable for you and your physical ability. I’ve grown up watching fights of Roy Jones Jr., Muhammad Ali and Sugar Ray Leonard. Those men liked to have fun in the ring. Probably, it has left a mark on my style. They are role models for young people, and I’m happy that they are our contemporaries and I’m living in one time with them.
LiverKick: Do you prefer to fight in Kickboxing or Muay Thai?
Artem Levin: I have no preferences in between these two sports. I’m comfortable at both. What’s important is motivation, then it’s going to be hot and fun. But Muay Thai is a complete culture and even, so to say, religion, and it’s my native sport, thus, it’s more close to my heart.
LiverKick: You’ve also done one fight in pro Boxing. How was the experience of only being able to punch?
Artem Levin: There was a journeyman, but I liked it as I’ve tried something unusual and new for me.
LiverKick: Liverkick.com has you as the #1 fighter in the world at light heavyweight. How do you feel about being thought of as one of the best fighters in the world by many people?
Artem Levin: It has nothing to do with my own ranking. And to be top fighter for myself I have to do a lot and undoubtedly I have to meet those gentlemen mentioned above. I place myself at the beginning of the way.
LiverKick: In Russia, Kickboxing and Muay Thai seem to be getting more popular lately. Have you noticed this?
Artem Levin: I’m following all the news on martial arts, not only bouts, but Muay Thai, Kickboxing, Boxing and MMA development and popularization.
LiverKick: Are you able to make a comfortable living by fighting?
Artem Levin: Yes, as far as I win my fees are rising. By winning over good opponents I earn a good name. For now it’s alright.
LiverKick: You’re only 25 years old and already have a lot of fights. What are your plans for the future in your fighting career?
Artem Levin: I’m 25 already. I’m putting my aims high. I want to gather the main Muay Thai belts. We shall see how things turn out. The main aim is to fight the best.
Levin taitaa olla jonkun verran tunnettu Venäjällä. Saa nähdä ottaako mies taas EM-kultaa käynissä olevista EM-kisoista.
Levin kohtaa englantilaisen Stephen Wakeling Xplosion Fight Series tapahtumassa 7.7.2012.
Stephen Wakeling (Scorpions gym , Beckenham) who is considered by many as the the greatest Supermiddleweight in the world winning
2011 WBC Muay Thai Supermiddleweight World champion
2008 WMC M.A.D. World champion
2007 WKA Tournament World Middleweight Champion
2006 WBC Muay Thai Middleweight World champion
2005 S-1 Tournament World champion
2004 IMKO World champion
2003 WMC Muay Thai World champion
2003 WAKO-PRO World title (68 kg)
2002 IKF Super Welterweight European champion
2001 British champion
Artem Levin EM2012-semifinaalissa(?). Vetää lopussa Ali shufflet.
Levin tän vuoden EM-finaalissa
Artem Levin: About tayboksera. dreams Come True
We offer you a very interesting documentary about the repeated champion of the world and Europe, the winner of various competitions among amateurs and professionals, honored master of sports of Thai boxing and the leader of the team of Russia Artem Levin, who, from 5 to September 14, 2012 in St. Petersburg will participate in the world championship in Thai boxing.
Levin voitti Enfusion 3-semifinalisti Sahak Parparyanin Glory 7-tapahtumassa. Erään lähteen mukaan Parparyanilta murtui matsissa nenä ja silmäkuoppa. Ottelun jälkeisessä haastattelussa Levin kertoo haluavansa ottaa uusinnan erään herran kanssa.
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