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.

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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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