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Voy Sothun stuns ref with fifth round walkout

Voy Sothun stuns ref with fifth round walkout

A mixture of controversy and confusion surrounded the fallout of Sunday’s 69-kilogramme fight between Pich Sambath and Voy Sothun at the CTN boxing arena. The fighters had gone toe-to-toe during a highly charged set of opening rounds. However, Sothun was visibly infuriated by referee Thy Narith’s decisions to give two standing eight counts in each of rounds three and four. In the break before the final round, Sothun stunned everyone by exiting the ring to leave referee Thy Narith completely dumbfounded. Head judge Meas Sokry was forced to instruct the hesistant official to award the contest to Sambath, with a lengthy discussion following the bout over the protocol for such an occurence. 

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