Cambodian martial arts competitor Elite Peakday earned a split decision victory at the weekend’s World Lethwei Championship: Fearless Tigers showpiece in Mandalay, Myanmar.
Buoyed by the home support, Pheakday’s competitor Shuklaine Min came out strongest in the opening round connecting with a series of high kicks which rocked the Kun Khmer pugilist. However, Pheakday soon showed his mettle throwing and connecting with tough body shots which had the Myanmar fighter backtracking. As his opponent tired, the Cambodian picked his shots carefully and capitalised with a strong finish to the fight to earn the judges favour – and a famous win for Cambodia.
In the main event, Thway Thit Win Hlaing scored a second-round knockout win over Burutlek Petchyindee Academy.
Connecting with a pinpoint right hook Win Hlaing flattened his German-Thai opponent to send the home fans wild at the Mandalar Thiri Indoor Stadium.
In the co-main event, Nicola Barke earned a unanimous decision victory over Hungary’s Bianka Balajti.
Started in Myanmar to promote the national martial art of lethwei, WLC has proven to be an important cultural export for the country, with a broadcast reach of over 100 million people across 60 countries able to learn about the rich traditions and history of Myanmar.
WLC intends to bring its martial arts juggernaut to Cambodia in March 2020.