As widely anticipated, Cambodian and Thai fighters stamped their mark on a spectacular night of kun Khmer at the Olympic Stadium indoor arena Friday in a televised show featuring eight-fight bill in which rivals from US, Russia, Brazil and continental Europe were swept off their feet.
Popular kun Khmer (known as muay Thai across the border) promotion Thai Fight brought its entourage of leading practitioners of this centuries-old fighting style to the Kingdom to provide an unforgettable experience for an eager Phnom Penh audience in the form of Khmer-Thai Fight.
It was a clean sweep for the red corner which threw up all the eight winners on the night as Cambodia’s Pich Mtes Kmang, aka Nath Seak Nin, was the only one to knock out his opponent Jonathans Silva of Brazil in the 56kg inside the first first minute to set the night’s proceedings rolling on a thrilling note.
Following his compatriot to a roaring ovation, SEA Games gold medalist Khun Dima outpointed Dmitri Mordvinov of Russia in the 63.5 kg.
Thailand’s household name Saen Chai faced off American Arthur Sorsor who took the fight all the way before the irrepressible Thai maestro, who is regarded as the symbol of the “Art of Eight Limbs” won a unanimous decision.
Ukranian Oleksandr Moisa went down on points to another Thai fighter of fame Sudsakorn Sor Klinmee while Saensatharn picked up third win on the night for the Thai camp when he overcame Thaigo Goulate of Brazil.
Cambodia’s Lao Jetra won a decision over Kazbek Alisultanov of Russia and Muen Sophea signed off in style winning the nightcap over Muhammad Khalil of Norway.