Cambodian Top Team fighter Sok Thy is getting a long awaited second crack at Lerdsila Phuket Top Team after the controversy which engulfed their first encounter in June.
In June, 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, stated: “Upon careful review of the thrilling ONE Super Series Muay Thai contest between Lerdsila Phuket Top Team and Sok Thy, ONE Championship has determined the bout to be extremely close and competitive in nature. In light of this, the organization feels it is appropriate to honour Sok Thy’s outstanding performance with a $5,000 win bonus due to a close controversial decision and automatic rematch.”
National Kun Khmer Champion Sok Thy, from Banteay Meanchey province, is just 20 years of age. In 2017, he competed for a Muay Thai title in Thailand’s famed Lumpinee Stadium – the first Cambodian to ever do so. Today, Thy trains at CTT under head coach Chan Reach and legendary Kun Khmer competitor San Saoyan.
Multiple Muay Thai world champion Lerdsila first began training in Muay Thai at the age of seven under his father’s tutelage, and had his first bout that same year. Lerdsila has competed countless times at the famed Lumpinee and Rajadamnern Stadiums, and was a Rajadamnern Muay Thai World Champion in three different weight classes. At his peak, he had an incredible streak of 100 consecutive victories.
The long anticipated rematch is set for ONE: Warrior’s Dream in Jakarta, Indonesia on November 17.