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Simon Marcus set to take on Artem Levin at Lion Fight 9, possibly out of GLORY 5

Sources have reported that the long awaited bout between Simon Marcus and Artem Levin may be scheduled for Lion Fight 9, on March 15th in Las Vegas, Nevada. [Muay Thai Authority]

Marcus and Levin have been slated to meet several times over the past year, but each fight fell through for a variety of reasons. Marcus himself seems to have confirmed the fight via Facebook.

The "Bwad Boy" was also scheduled to face Steven Wakeling at GLORY 5 London, in what would be one of the most anticipated matches on the card. However, the date for Lion Fight 9 (March 15) is within a week of his scheduled appearance at GLORY (March 23). This new announcement means the chances of us seeing Marcus vs. Wakeling in March are extremely low. As of now, Marcus has not officially pulled out of GLORY. 

Simon Marcus is coming off two same-night KO victories in China while also riding an undefeated 31 fight win streak. Levin most recently took part in the IFMA tournament, before battling to a controversial draw with Steven Wakeling. 

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This Week in Muay Thai: Huge Fights

This week is when the big names and huge cards start to come out all at the same time. Two huge cards from top to bottom are taking place in a span of three days.

Tuesday, February 5
Pentai Sitnumnoi vs. Jomhod Sakami
Muangthai Sor Boonyiam vs. Serkim Sitjetaew
Kaotam Lukprabart vs. Petutong Or Kwanmuang
Wanchalerm Uddonmuang vs. Thongchai Sitthongsak
Wanchalong Sitzornong vs. Yokpet Sompongmataput
Chokpreecha Kor Sakooncher vs. Ponakrit Chor Churnkamol

Wednesday, February 6
Manasak Pinsinchai vs. Phetsinin Suan-Aharkpeakmai
Ongbak Sitsarawatser vs. Thanongsaklek Chuwattana
Jaroensub Phetsirigym vs. Julong Aikbangzai

Thursday, February 7
Pornsaneh Sitmonchai vs. Yokwitaya Petsimean
Tingtong Chor Koiyuhaisuzu vs. Nongbia Choknagarmwang
Thong Puideenaidee vs. Petmorakot Wor Sangprapai
Penek Sitnumnoi vs. Petpanomrung Wor Sangprapai
Sam-A Kaiyanghadaogym vs. Pokaew Fonjaengchonburi
Petboonchu FA Group vs. Mongkolchai Petsupapan
Jomhod Mohbeskamala vs. Somrak Tor Thepsutin
Singdam Kiatmuu9 vs. Yodwicha Por Boonsit

Friday, February 8
Niwlukrak Eksindeekongym vs. Sathanmuanglek Windysport for mini flyweight title of Thailand
Songkom Sakhomsin vs. Ekmongkol Kaiyanghadaogym

Obviously with a lineup like this, where do I start? 

Tuesday's show is super stacked. Though it doesn't have the same big name presence as Thursday's card, it could potentially produce the better fights and possibly fight of the year candidates. The card is filled with action fighters like Chokpreecha, Wanchalong, Thongchai, Pentai and the list goes on. Chokpreecha vs. Ponakrit in particular could produce fireworks. Wanchalerm vs. Thongchai has the potential to be a grueling back and forth clinch battle. 

Thursday is the real mega card. Not only does it have the big names like Singdam, Penek, Yodwicha and Sam-A, it also has the rematch between two legends, Somrak and Jomhod. This time six million baht is on the line between those two.

Singdam vs. Yodwicha is a really interesting match-up. Singdam is in top form and is the bigger fighter. It was quite surprising that Yodwicha managed to move up and beat Petboonchu even with a weight disadvantage, so he's never one to be counted out. Sam-A and Pokaew's rematch should once again be a really good, technical fight to watch. Last time Sam-A really put on a textbook performance of how to beat a clincher. Petpanomrung will get another chance to avenge a controversial loss, against Penek. He lost two controversial ones to Sam-A and Penek respectively, avenging the Sam-A loss in an action packed fight that even forced Sam-A to fight uncharacteristically compared to his usual self. Petboonchu was originally set to fight Kongsak but now faces Mongkolchai, and it could be interesting depending on what Mongkolchai shows up and if Petboonchu is affected by the weight.

Friday's card sees a fight for the miniflyweight title of Thailand between Niwlukrak and Sathanmuanglek. Niwlukrak is definitely a fighter to watch and has some sublime skills. As well, Songkom rematches Ekmongkol from their fight last month which produced some good action. Songkom is another fighter to watch and seems to have settled his newer weight nicely.

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Muay Thai Weekly Recap: February 3

Quick Results:

Monday, January 28
Lamnampong Noomjeantawana def. Sonnarai Sor. Sommai by decision.
Fahpennueng K.R.S Gym def. Phetphusang Thanasakkonsong by decision.
Seansakchai Or. Kwanmuang def. Wansodsai Sit Jor. by decision.

Tuesday, January 29
Wanchana Or. Boonchuay def. Fahsithong Thor. Thepsutin by decision.
Bangpleenoi 96Penang def. Hongtonglek Chor. Fahpiansi by decision.
Maphichit Sitsongpeenong def. Phettongdee Sinbimuaythai by decision.

Wednesday, January 30
Phetmorakot Teded99 def. Chotchasarn Wor. Wiwatananont by decision.
Jomphet Chuwattana def. Yodseanchai Sor. Sopit by decision.
Phanpayak Sitjatik def. Aikdej Mor. Krongthepthonburi by decision.

Thursday, January 31
Ruangsak Sitniwat def. Detkart Por Pongsawang by decision.
Thaksinlek Kiatniwat def. Sangdaw Sor. Kittichai by decision.
Sunchai Tor. Laksong def. Kumarndoy Sor. Jitpakdee by decision.
Oley Sitniwat def. Nongbeelek Kiatyongyuth by TKO in Round 3.

Friday, February 1
Gusagonnoi Sor Junsen def. Palangpon Por. Thairungruangkamai by decision.
Luknimit Singklongsi def. Chanaphet 91Rungroj by decision.
Aiktawan Mor. Krungthepthonburi def. Jomyuthjew Wor. Rungthavee by TKO in Round 3.

Saturday, February 2
Stephen Meleady Jittigym def. Silathong Mor Watanachai by KO in Round 3.

Chatchainoi Sor. Jor. Toipedrew def. Nuengthep Eminentair by decision.
Rolex Sitsongpeenong def. Phethuasai Sathid-CD by KO in Round 3.

Sunday, February 3
Chaylek Kiatpetch def. Tuan Kor Kompanart by decision.

The knockouts started to come at the end of the week. Stephen Meleady knocked out Silathong with a knee to the head. Meleady got cut and then turned it up to overwhelm his Thai adversary. Rolex Sitsongpeenong's KO came via a nasty body shot. Here is another KO, with Rungsangtawan Sit-Ajarnboonchob knocking out Yodphetaik Sitdabauan with a vicious elbow. Oley Sitniwat's knockout came via some crushing punches.

The light flyweight title of Rajadamnern Stadium was on the line in the rematch between Ruangsak and Detkart. Ruangsak didn't stop Detkart like he did last year but he still did enough to get the win in what was a good fight.

Another good fight was between Bangpleenoi and Hongtonglek. Hongtonglek got cut but marched through it. Bangpleenoi ended up being too sharp with his kicks and knees, having an answer for everything Hongtonglek threw his way.

The action is about to pick up in a big way this coming week. There are some huge fights and fight cards between some of the sport's best coming up.

 

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Ten Muay Thai Fights to Watch in February

There's some huge Muay Thai events and fights on the table for this month. We'll highlight a lot of the top stadium match-ups, as well as fights taking place around the world.

February 2: Stephen Meleady vs. Silatong Mor Watanachai

This was originally going to be a big fight between Meleady and Mathias Gallo Cassarino (Sitsongpeenong), but Mathias pulled out and now Meleady faces Silatong. It's still the main event of the card,  and a win here would still be big for Meleady to advance his position in the stadiums.

February 5: Wanchalerm Aoodonmuang vs. Thongchai Sitthongsak

This is a battle of two young, up and coming fighters that haven't quite reached the elite level yet. Wanchalerm in particular has had some big success but is still just outside the peak of 135lbs and under. Both fighters like to clinch, with Thongchai in particular being very aggressive. This fight could be a grueling clinch war, with the winner taking a step forward to bigger things.

February 5: Chokprecha Kor. Sakooncher vs. Ponkrit Chor. Chernkamon

Chokprecha is the current Lumpini champ at 118lbs. He's an all action fighter and in recent times has even been fighting more intelligently, and his recent run of success can be attributed to that. Ponkrit will give him a fight, and these two are likely to fight to the very last bell.

February 5: Pentai Singpatong vs. Jomhod Eminentair

Pentai and Jomhod fought in October. Pentai won but Jomhod gave him a good fight, and here we can probably expect more of the same.

February 5: Wanchalong Sitzornong vs. Yokphet Somphongmabtaput

These two fought in November with Yokphet getting the win. Wanchalong is one of the most exciting fighters in Muay Thai and if their last fight is anything to base this one off of, it should be another action packed fight.

February 7: Singdam Kiatmoo9 vs. Yodwicha Por Boonsit

This is a huge fight. Yodwicha is the Lumpini champ at 130lbs while Singdam is the Lumpini champ at 135lbs. Yodwicha has surprised a lot of people with his recent run that even saw him step up in weight and beat Petboonchu. In the midst of all this, Yodwicha is stil very young, while Singdam is at the top of his game despite having been around for a very long time.

February 7: Penek Sitnumnoi vs. Petpanomrung Wor Sungprapai

The last time these two fought it ended with a controversial decision. Penek won, but a lot of people thought Petpanomrung deserved the nod. Petpanomrung comes off his very impressive win over Sam-A. He beat Sam-A after losing a controversial decision to him, will he continue the pattern and do the same against Penek?

February 7: Sam-A Gaiyanghadao vs. Pokaew Fonjaenchonburi

Sam-A comes off his loss to Petpanomrung here. The last time him and Pokaew fought, it was a competitive fight and Sam-A put on a masterful performance to hold Pokaew off, not allowing him to impose is clinch game. I think this might be another very close, technical battle.

February 8: Damien Alamos vs. Lampard Sor. Khamsing

This is a rematch from last year in France. Now the fight is in south Thailand where Damien fights quite a lot. Lampard was competitive last time so this should be more of the same and should make for another good fight.

February 14: Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong vs. Fabio Pinca

This is a big rematch, with Sitthichai having won the first fight back in 2010. Both fighters' careers have changed a lot since then. Sitthichai is a top Thai anywhere from 67-70kg and still continues to get better. Pinca has faced a who's who of Thais at his weight but lately hasn't gotten the big win, with the exception of the controversial Saenchai win.

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