Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Rumchong, the relentless ‘Tiger of Battambang’

Rumchong, the relentless ‘Tiger of Battambang’

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Kun Khmer legend Keo Rumchong is set to fight in Phnom Penh on Sunday. Keo Rumchong via facebook

Rumchong, the relentless ‘Tiger of Battambang’

Of Cambodia's many talented kun Khmer fighters, there are three who stand out – the legend, the star, and the future. Here, in the first of three instalments, The Post focuses on the legend.

A veteran of the sport known as the “Tiger of Battambang”, Keo Rumchong has forged himself into a fighting legend in the Kingdom.

With a record of 150 wins, 13 losses, 4 draws – with 66 knockouts – Rumchong is a force to be reckoned with.

Fighting for The Riel Team out of Battambang province, he says kun Khmer is a great way to look after his health while also providing for his family.

“The sport has also given me the opportunity to travel the world and meet foreign athletes with one thing in common – their love of martial arts,” Rumchong told The Post.

While strong in all aspects of the art, his knees and elbows set him apart from the rest, with opponents bombarded from the first bell.

Rumchong’s father first began teaching him the sport when Rumchong was just five years old and over the years has helped mould him into the fierce competitor we see today.

“There is no opponent tougher than me,” Rumchong insists confidently.

The journey from the young kid starting out in kun Khmer to becoming the Tiger of Battambang was an arduous one, with relentless training and absolute dedication allowing him to hone his craft and become one of the Kingdom’s most influential and respected competitors.

Representing Cambodia at international and local events, he is always a fan favourite.

On top of being an aggressive and talented fighter, Rumchong is a joy to watch in action, his love for the craft plain for all to see.

After more than 165 fights, he is a seasoned veteran and an acknowledged master of the sport.

Rumchong will be fighting at Town Full HDTV studios on Street 1711 in Phnom Penh’s Russey Keo district this Sunday. The fight will be conducted under amended rules – one nine minute round, no judges, and win by knockout.

It’s a great chance to the legend in action live, but the bout will also be screened live on Town Full HDTV.


  • All Covid restrictions for inbound travellers lifted

    Cambodia has apparently taken the final step towards full reopening of the country without Covid-19 restrictions by removing all requirements for inbound travellers, who until now had to show health certificates indicating that they have tested Covid-19 negative in the past 72 hours as well as

  • Typhoon Noru brings flash floods – 16 dead

    An official warned that that the 16th typhoon of the season, Noru, had brought heavy rains to areas the Mekong River and flooded thousands of homes in the provinces bordering Thailand. As of September 27, the death toll from the flooding had risen to 16. National Committee

  • Cambodia stands firm on 5PC: No invite for Myanmar to ASEAN Summit this year

    Cambodia has not invited Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, chairman of Myanmar’s ruling State Administration Council (SAC), to the 40th and 41st ASEAN Summit and related meetings scheduled for next month in Phnom Penh. The government will instead invite a non-political representative from Myanmar

  • Mushrooming borey projects and home financing – a cause for concern?

    A spurt in housing developments is typically a sign of a growing economy but underneath all that might lay some anxiety of credit growth as developers offer financing to buyers at higher rates, an activity the central bank identifies as ‘shadow banking’ Earlier this year,

  • Thai Senate delegates in Cambodia to discuss anti-graft co-op

    A delegation from Thailand's Senate was in Phnom Penh on September 28 to meet their Cambodian counterparts to discuss strategies for fighting corruption and enhancing cooperation. The Thai delegates were from its Senate’s Committee on Studying and Inspecting Corruption, Misconduct and Strengthening Good Governance. They

  • Scholarship winner tells secrets to success

    Chhim Chaknineath was awarded the Chevening Scholarship for one year of postgraduate study in the UK for the academic year 2022-2023 along with a group of 10 other outstanding students who applied. She spent more than a year researching and studying – as well as consulting with