Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Lightweight title on the line




Lightweight title on the line

Lightweight title on the line


Commando 911 fighter Lao Sinath will meet Preah Khan Reach powerhouse Van Chanvey Sunday for a lightweight title match at the CTN Boxing Arena.

L

AO Sinath will make his second title defense at 60 kilograms Sunday when he faces Battambang knockout artist Van Chanvey at the CTN boxing arena.

Lao Sinath holds titles in both the 60- and 63.5-kilogram brackets. He won the 60-kilogram title from Sarim Vonthon in 2008, which he then successfully defended against Long Sophy in February this year with a third-round knockout.

“Nobody wants to fight him,” said Hong Suen, Lao Sinath’s trainer at the Commando 911 Boxing Club, as his star protege worked the clinch with Chey Kosal during a recent training session.

An invitation to fight in France awaits Lao Sinath if he can beat Van Chanvey Sunday, which nearly everyone expects him to do. The three-month trip would likely see him fight three times, earning US$1,000 or more each fight which is 10 times or more of what he could earn in a typical bout at home.

A native of Kampong Speu, Lao Sinath, 25, picked up his new passport last week.

Club Preah Khan Reach fighter Van Chanvey will be making his first attempt at a title. The 23-year-old from O’Cha, Battambang, beat out eight other fighters in a round-robin tournament to earn the title shot.

Van Chanvey lost once early in the tournament to Kao Roomchang, but he finished the competition with a seven-fight winning streak, which included five knockouts, to take first place.

Van Chanvey scored a huge upset decision over Long Sophy in the semifinals, and an even bigger upset decision over Kao Roomchang in the final.

Still, Hong Suen, wearing a black t-shirt with a dagger, machine guns and a cobra emblazoned below the words “Special Forces,” hardly appeared worried.

“Do you think he can run with Lao Sinath?” he asked, then answered his own question with a hearty laugh. “We’ve got the height advantage, and probably the speed advantage,” he asserted. “We’re going to be okay.”

MOST VIEWED

  • All inbound flights set to face added scrutiny

    Ministry of Health spokesperson Or Vandine said on Monday that the ministry is monitoring all inbound flights, after it was announced that only those from Malaysia and Indonesia will be temporarily cancelled from August 1. Vandine said on Monday that the two countries were identified as

  • Flights from Indonesia, Malaysia cancelled

    A Ministry of Health official has warned of the possibility of Covid-19 spreading through community transmission after the total infected cases in the Kingdom rose to 225. Ministry spokeswoman Or Vandine told reporters on Saturday that the possibility of community transmission cannot be overlooked and that

  • Man in quarantine dies of ‘overdose’

    The Ministry of Health on Thursday said a Cambodian migrant worker who died while being isolated at a quarantine centre in Tbong Khmum province’s Kroch Chhmar district may have died from syncope or overdose of tablets. In a statement, the ministry said the 21-year-old

  • Ministry set to reopen 20 schools in August

    The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport will allow 20 high-safety-standards schools to reopen next month despite new cases of Covid-19 in the country. Ministry spokesperson Ros Soveacha wrote in a Telegram message on Wednesday that the schools are in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Battambang.