Artem Levin Returns
Artem Levin is returning to big time kickboxing. The talented Russian, a former WBC Muay Thai and Its Showtime and GLORY champion, will face Igor Bugaenko for the ACB KB 86 kg title on April 20 in Kitek, Russia. Promoter ACB Kickboxing made the announcement Monday.
Levin hasn’t been seen in the kickboxing ring for over a year. His last major fight took place at Glory 27 in February 2016 when he defended his middleweight crown against Simon Marcus. Levin was the victim of some controversial officiating in that bout, having a knockdown called against him when he was thrown through the ropes. He was also docked two points by the referee for illegal clinching, even though Marcus also caused clinches in the fight. Levin argued with the referee after the second point deduction and then quit. It was a big embarrassment for GLORY, and Levin disappeared for a while.
Bugaenko is coming off a dominant decision win over veteran Freddy Kemayo at ACB KB 13 in Paris. Bugaenko has won a Superkombat title, and also the 2014 Tatneft Cup in Russia. It’s a quality fight between two accomplished veterans of the sport, and credit has to be given to ACB KB for making this fight. The winner deserves to be named a champion.
Lofogo Sarour Returns to ACB March 23
If you’ve watched some of the ACB KB “The Kitchen” documentaries on YouTube, you’re probably familiar with Lofogo Sarour. The man from South Sudan is one of the more charismatic fighters on the series. Sarour will make his ACB return at ACB KB 14 March 23 against Rustam Avilov. In his last ACB appearance, Sarour defeated California’s Josh Aragon by decision in Los Angeles last November.
Askerov to fight for ACB in April
Another fighter slated to appear at ACB KB 15 on April 20 in Kitek, Russia is Dzhabar Askerov. The Dagestani veteran has fought for all the top organizations, including K-1, GLORY, Kunlun Fight, Legend, and Wu Lin Feng. Askerov announced on social media that he will fight April 20 for ACB. No word on an opponent yet.