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Fighters settle for mixed results

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Welterweight Roeung Sophorn (right) left Yangon with a loss to Myanmar’s own Yan Naing Tun. Courtesy WLC

There were mixed results for Cambodian fighters from their World Lethwei Championship performance at the weekend with a win and a loss proving the kingdoms fighters are a match for their regional rivals.

The event, held in Yangon, Myanmar on Saturday, saw 23-year old Cambodian Top Team lightweight Pich Mtes Khmang register a victory against Mite Yine.

Meanwhile welterweight Roeung Sophorn, 28 and also fighting out of Cambodian Top Team, left Yangon with a loss to Myanmar’s own Yan Naing Tun. Sophorn, WLC’s latest marquee signing, was making his lethwei debut.

In Saturday’s main event, Myanmar’s ‘The Ironman’ Soe Linn Oo, finished off China’s Zhao Wen Wen inside two rounds to thrill his legions of home supporters.

WLC, a homegrown organisation, held its inaugural event in March 2017. In its mission statement, WLC says it seeks to revolutionise the millennia-old Burmese full-contact martial art of Lethwei with new innovations to showcase it to the world.

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