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Cambodians Off To World Lethwei Championships

Posted: Fri Sep 28, 2018 1:08 pm
by CEOCambodiaNews
September 28, 2018
Cambodians test Lethwei mettle
A pair of Cambodian fighters will test their mettle tomorrow against some of Myanmar’s best in World Lethwei Championship’s latest event – WLC: Heartless Tigers in Myanmar.

The event will see the debut of Kun Khmer star Roeung Sophorn who will face off against Myanmar’s own Yan Naing Tun. Sophorn is WLC’s latest marquee signing and will bring the attention of millions of fans in his home country as he makes his lethwei debut. The Kun Khmer fighter carries a record of 141 wins, with 17 losses and just three draws.

Cambodia’s Pich Mtes Khmang will also be in action and has been drawn in a lightweight bout against Mite Yine.

Speaking at Pochentong airport ahead of his departure, Sophorn said he was excited and quietly confident.

“Yes, I am ready for Myanmar. Lethwei is exciting to watch and I’m happy to take part,” explained Sophorn.

“I will try to win for Cambodia and especially to promote Cambodian martial arts on the international stage,” he added. ... ei-mettle/

What is lethwei ?

Re: Cambodians Off To World Lethwei Championships

Posted: Sun Feb 02, 2020 8:40 am
by CEOCambodiaNews
World Lethwei Championship to make US debut later this year, talks ongoing with ‘familiar names in MMA’
WLC is the leading lethwei organization in the world and are looking to broaden their audience over the coming year.
By Bloody Elbow - 1 February 2020

Lethwei is a Burmese bare-knuckle combat sport that originated in Myanmar, Southeast Asia. It is known as ‘The Art of Nine Limbs’ because headbutts can play a key role in the action alongside the more commonly used punches, kicks, knees and elbows. The sport is often viewed as niche, but that is a perception World Lethwei Championship’s CEO, Gerald Ng, is trying to change.

Ng previously held roles in sports broadcast with Eleven Sports Network and One Championship before making the move over to the World Lethwai Championship. He has over a decade of sports management experience and has been a huge fan of martial arts for his whole life.

Ng was brought into the organization by a group of Burmese businessmen, who wanted to raise the international awareness of lethwai, to spearhead their project. Since joining the WLC, he hasn’t looked back and believes there is no reason why the sport can’t be as popular as the more established disciplines.

In full: ... -muay-thai