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Saroth promises to ‘take charge’

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Rin Saroth is a Kun Khmer specialist who loves to throw fists, kicks, knees, and elbows. ONE Championship

Cambodian Top Team (CTT) talent Rin Saroth promises to take charge against Myanmar’s Tial Thang in their Mixed Martial Arts bout at ONE: Reign of Valor in Yangon, Myanmar tonight.

Saroth is a Kun Khmer specialist who loves to throw fists, kicks, knees, and elbows. Besides tightening his stand-up game in Bangkok, he has also been working on his grappling in anticipation of his upcoming clash with the four-time Chin State Wrestling Champion.

The Khmer pugilist says he is ready to unleash the new-and-improved version of himself when he steps into the cage.

“I feel very different in terms of taking charge of a fight,” he says. “My attacks and overall defense are so much quicker and better.

“I’m ready to show what I’ve got.”

Saroth’s 68-kilogram catch weight bout against the Myanmar debutant saw him forced to make some pivotal changes to his normal training routine.

The 25-year-old spent the earlier portion of his training camp at CTT in Phnom Penh. In mid-February, however, he left for Bangkok, Thailand to finish his preparation under the watchful eye of former ONE Championship athlete Nicholas “JJ” Lee at his Yorky Mixed Martial Arts gym.

“The first time we crossed paths was for [Saroth’s] last fight in Bangkok,” Lee says. “I spent a few days working out with him before the fight, and we instantly had a great connection.”

That connection turned into a coaching relationship, as Lee helped Saroth prepare for Tial Thang. “We feel that Rin Saroth is a different martial artist compared to before,” explains Cambodian Top Team founder Hun Chan Reach, who serves as the Phnom Penh native’s head coach.

“Even though it is [Tial Thang’s] pro debut, he has had a great amateur career. He is Aung La N Sang’s prodigy, so fighting him in his home country will be like fighting Aung La N Sang himself in terms of fan support. It will be an honor to share the cage with a future Myanmar hero.”

He will be looking to make an impact after disappointing performances by Cambodian male MMA talent in recent months.

In February, PROKOUT Top Team and Team Phnom Penh MMA pugilist Sichan made a return to the cage after an extended absence.

At ONE Championship: Call to Greatness, Sichan was stopped by “The Golden Boy” Agustian in his flyweight mixe bout at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

At the same event, Bacchus Kun Khmer Champion Kong Sambo of Kingdom Fight Gym lost

to Zhang Chenglong in his ONE Super Series kickboxing bantamweight match-up. After three

closely-contested rounds, Zhang earned a split decision victory.

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