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Kun Khmer bouts to push through on Sunday

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Kong Hov will be among the Kun Khmer fighters that will showcase their skills on Sunday. Facebook

The fans of one of Cambodia’s most popular sports will have something to look forward to, at least on television, with organisers of “King of Kun Khmer ISI Palm-ISI Pipe” pushing forward with the event on April 5.

The event will have five bouts featuring some of the top Kun Khmer players in the Kingdom.

Sao Buntheun will face Lorn Seaklong in the 57kg category; Sur Chanreach will take on Thun Visnu in the 48kg division; Long Ramy will face Lorn Seakleng in the 57kg category; Morn Sameth will take on Kong Hov in the75kg division and and Long Khet will battle with Seoun Thaisan in the 54kg category.

The bouts will start from 12 noon at the PNN TV Cambodia Studio in Phnom Penh.

PNN TV, one of Cambodia’s biggest television companies, is the main organiser for the event. ISI Group, a leading business conglomerate, is the exclusive sponsor.

Unlike before, according to one of the organisers, there will be no fans courtside to watch the bouts, a result of the ongoing health crisis ravaging Cambodia and other parts of the world. The bouts will be aired live on TV.

The Kun Khmer bouts are one of the very few sports activities that are going to be held in the Kingdom amidst the coronavirus outbreak.

The outbreak has already led to the postponement of many sports activities, including the 3rd National Games, Lighthouse Club Cambodia-6th Charity Golf Day, AIA-ISF Youth League 2019/2020, 2020 Canadia Cup, season launch for the Cambodian Eagles Football Club (CEFC), Cambodia’s 2022 World Cup qualifying matches versus Iran, Bahrain and Iraq, World Lethwei Championship, PKR Svay Rieng FC AFC Cup 2020 return match versus Than Quang Ninh FC of Vietnam, Metfone Cambodian League 2020, Hun Sen Cup 2020, SAMAPI CUP 2020 Basketball League, CEFC friendly matches with teams from Malaysia and Thailand, among others.

The Kingdom has recorded 100 positive cases of coronavirus infection as of April 2.

Kun Khmer, which also goes by the name Pradal Serey, is a Cambodian combat sports that is similar to kickboxing. In Kun Khmer, opposing players try to outdo each other by way of punches, kicks, elbows and knee strikes.

Kun Khmer has a very large following and is counted as among the most popular sports in the Kingdom.

In addition to the local tournaments, several major Kun Khmer competitions featuring local and foreign fighters have been staged in Cambodia in the last few years, including the one dubbed “Khmer Fight”, which was held in December 2018 to mark the 20th anniversary of the end of the Cambodian Civil War.

Another big Kun Khmer event, called Kun Khmer Ultra, is being planned for later this year after the coronavirus crisis is over.

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