Elijah Clarke has seen all the top talent that steps foot into the Lion Fight ring.
He wanted to be part of the same picture. Now he has his opportunity to prove he belongs in the same frame.
Clarke (6-1) will take on Juan Jackson (9-1) in a featured light heavyweight battle at Lion Fight 38 coming up on Friday, September 29th at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. Their showdown is a highlighted bout on the main card airing live on AXS TV Fights in the United States as well as on Fight Network throughout Canada, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.
Although a well-known and highly thought of commodity in New York, Clarke hadn’t yet stepped into a larger spotlight before a far-reaching audience. That time has come and he feels ready.
“I was very excited when I got the call from Lion Fight because I see a lot of top-level fighters fight on the show, and I think it’s great to get a chance to compete among those guys,” said Clarke.
With both fighters having top-drawer records, it should come as no surprise that their matchup is being widely considered as a precursor to a Lion Fight title shot. Clarke is well aware of what is at stake.
“A Lion Fight title is a very big deal given that Lion Fight is the biggest promotion for Muay Thai in the U.S. Winning the Lion Fight title would be a big step in my fight career,” said Clarke, who took up the combat sport and almost instantly wanted a taste of real action.
“I started training Muay Thai about 11 years ago and had my first fight after eight months of training. I wanted to fight because I wanted to know if I could really apply what I was learning in the ring.”
The Lion Fight 38 bout presents Clarke with another opportunity to show what he has learned.
“I think I have a very adaptable style,” explained the Brooklyn product. “My speed and power and movement will get me the edge in this fight. This year, I was able to win an important fight with great movement and powerful kicks.
“I think my fighting style is very technical, controlling the range of where and when the fight happens.
Lion Fight 38 is topped by a showdown for the super lightweight title as Thai stars Tong “Tukkatong” Anucha and Saemapetch Fairtex collide. The lineup also includes a cruiserweight matchup that sees Brett Hlavacek take on Timothy Woods, plus the return of promising super cruiserweight heavy hitter Steve “Put Em To Sleep” Walker who takes on Robert Morrow.
Tickets for Lion Fight 38 are available at https://www.foxwoods.com/Lion-Fight/.
Lion Fight 38 airs live on AXS TV Fights and Fight Network beginning at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT.