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Rolling with the punches

Rolling with the punches

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English fighter Charlie Gillespie (left) lands a left to the face of Cambodian Vorn Viva during their bout Thursday at CTN. ISAK world middleweight champion Vorn Viva defeated Charlie Gillespie by unanimous point decision in the main event Thursday night. The Englishman proved a tough opponent, withstanding numerous hard shots and getting rocked in the fifth by a right but refusing to go down. Nearly 250 fight fans turned out to support local kickboxers against a trio of foreigners. Earlier, Thun Sophea outpointed The Contender Asia star Dominik Zidov of Switzerland, although the famed TV bad boy was recovering from a serious motorbike crash that resulted in 42 stitches in his head. In the other co-feature, Sen Bunthen fought to a draw against Ervant "The Wolf" Atagyan of Russia. Sen Bunthen had been accidentally sent over the ropes in the fifth, falling on his head and needing lengthy medical attention. With the round over and the Cambodian still dazed, the fight was declared a draw. In other bouts at CTN Thursday, Um Dara scored a TKO victory over May Sopheap due to doctor stoppage in the fourth, having cut his opponent with an elbow in the third. Also Cheam Adam came back from a second-round knockdown to score a fourth-round TKO over Sam Ounloung.

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