YEREVAN/ KOROLYOV, Russia — My subject is a young Russian boxer, mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter Arman Karapetyan. Born in 1992 in Yerevan, from the age of 1 he has lived in the city of Korolyov (Moscow Province).
Arman trained under the guidance of Alexander Sidorin (MMA and Thai boxing) and Alexander Kudryavtsev (Thai boxing). He started his professional career in 2016 and has now fought 6 fights, of which he won four and lost two.
Arman took part in the FNG, Student League MMA and LionHeart Championship tournaments. He met with rivals such as Artem Gurin, Maxim Popov, Artur Smirnov, etc.
Arman, it is said that martial artists often get in trouble. Was that how you were as a child?
Yes, in childhood I often had to fight. It was bad. My parents sent me to boxing when I was 11 years old. And I already had discipline and as a result of which I tried to solve conflicts on the street by talking. Therefore, I advise all parents to let their children study martial arts; it will give discipline and willpower, which is so lacking now.
In Armenian and Russian they often use the word “scramble” when it comes to martial arts which I do not like. Isn’t it better to use the word “fight”?