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Thy readies for Bangkok bout

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Cambodian Kun Khmer competitor Sok Thy (left) hails from Banteay Meanchey. ONE Championship

Cambodia’s Kun Khmer specialist Sok Thy will reenter the ring next month where he will face off against Muay Thai superstar Rodtang “The Iron Man” Jitmuangnon of Thailand at Impact Arena in Bangkok.

Mixed Martial Arts juggernaut ONE Championship announced the complete card for ONE: Warriors of Light at the weekend, with the event set for Friday, May 10. The tasty Cambodia versus Thailand clash takes top billing in the ONE Super Series contest.

Thy hails from Banteay Meanchey, an area which shares a border with Thailand and is known for producing top Kun Khmer talent. Thy’s parents worked as farmers and labourers, and being a huge fan of Kun Khmer, his father sent Thy and his older brother to a live-in training camp when he was just 7 years old.

Known as a phenomenally hard worker, Thy has hundreds of bouts under his belt, despite being just 20 years of age. He is a national Kun Khmer champion, and even competed for a Muay Thai title in Thailand’s famed Lumpinee Stadium in 2017 – the first Cambodian to ever do so.

Today, Thy trains at Cambodian Top Team (CTT) under head coach Chan Reach and legendary Kun Khmer competitor San Saoyan. Along with his teammates and training partners, Thy was thrilled to learn that ONE would be holding kickboxing and Muay Thai matches, as it gives them a chance to put on a display of their beloved Kun Khmer on the global stage.

He came to prominence as a result of his back-toback 2018 bouts against Thai legend Lerdsila Phuket Top Team.

In June 2018, Thy fought Lerdsila in a ONE Super Series Muay Thai flyweight bout on the main card of ONE: Pinnacle of Power in Macau. After a tremendous back-and-forth battle between two high-level strikers, Lerdsila controversially emerged victorious after three rounds with a split decision verdict.

Reacting to the online outrage at the decision, Chatri Sityodtong, Chairman and CEO of ONE Championship, swiftly handed Thy an automatic rematch.

In November’s decisive bout, Lerdsila ensured there was no such controversy this time around as the three-division Rajadamnern Muay Thai World Champion used his crisp striking to earn a clear-cut decision victory after three rounds.

In next month’s main event, reigning ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai World Champion Nong-O Gaiyanghadao of Thailand will defend his title against Hiroaki Suzuki of Japan. In the co-main event, Muay Thai superstar Petchdam Petchyindee Academy of Thailand takes on Elias “The Sniper” Mahmoudi of Algeria for the inaugural ONE Flyweight Kickboxing World Championship.

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