SAN DIEGO — The 26-year-old Clairemont resident is making a big name for himself and leaving his mark in the world of martial arts and kickboxing.
In April, Mike Lemaire won a title fight that made him a light-heavyweight world champion in Muay Thai.
“I’ve been working so hard for it all this time. Nothing else but a world champion and now that I got it, I’m going to keep going,” said Lemaire.
Those victories earned him the tournament championship and a contract with Glory — considered the world’s new premiere kickboxing league.
“Because I won this tournament I just climbed up the ladder real quick and they offered me a title shot. I’m not going to say no to a title shot, right?” asked Lemaire.
The native of France trains in Kearny Mesa with former Muay Thai world champion Mel Menor who says the young fighter is way ahead of his time.
“The crazy thing about him is he’s so young. A year and a half into this sport – he’s got so much more to give. He’s going to be a great one,” said Menor.