The kingdom’s fight fans will be glued to their television sets tonight as a female fighter seeks to continue the solid legacy of Cambodian pugilists at tonight’s World Lethwei Championship (WLC) showpiece in Mandalay, Myanmar.
Yanut, who fights out of Cambodian Top Team and turns 20 later this year, will go up against Souris Manfredi of France in a newly established women’s class, and she is eager to make an impression.
“I am very excited. I’ve wanted to fight for them for such a long time and now I finally get the chance in the newly-created Women’s division, said the WLC debutant and daughter of Khmer boxing legend Eh Phouthong.
“It is an honour for me to represent Cambodia on the global stage. I wish my opponent Souris Manfredi well and let’s go and put on a show,” added the Kun Khmer Champion who has over 100 fights with 88 wins under her belt.
WLC already has a sizeable Cambodian contingent in its roster, headlined by WLC’s female fighter of the year for 2018, Nou Srey Pov. Luminaries like Rin Saroth, Roeung Sophorn and Morn Samet have also fought under the WLC banner.
In addition to Eh Yanut, two World Lethwei Championship belts will be on the when Dave Leduc takes on Seth Baczynski for the inaugural Cruiserweight World Lethwei Championship and Light Middleweight World Lethwei Champion Artur Saladiak defends his title for the first time against challenger Sasha Moisa.
The event will also feature the return of Vietnam’s number one combat sports athlete Nguyen Tran Duy Nhat when he takes on Izat Zaki of Malaysia. Myanmar’s top featherweight Mite Yine also returns to the World Lethwei Championship ring to face Otop Sathian Muay Thai of Thailand.
Chairman of World Lethwei Championship U Zay Thiha stated, “We have brought 10 world-class athletes from 10 countries to compete in the biggest lethwei event in history. Millions of people in Myanmar and even more internationally will tune in for a world-class spectacle of premium martial arts action combined with the best culture and entertainment. You do not want to miss this!”
Started in Myanmar to promote the national martial art of lethwei, World Lethwei Championship has proven to be an important cultural export for the country, with a broadcast reach of 100 million people across 60 countries able to learn about the rich traditions and history of Myanmar.
Tonight’s event will be held at Mandalar Thiri Indoor Stadium, Mandalay, Myanmar. Cambodian fight fans can support their compatriot on ETV.