Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - World Fight Tournament ready to rumble

World Fight Tournament ready to rumble

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Buakaw Banchamek (right) and Varats Dzmitry will face each other at the World Fight Kun Khmer Series at Morodok Techo National Stadium on July 6. SUPPLIED

World Fight Tournament ready to rumble

Thai boxing ‘king’ Buakaw Banchamek, who has been out of action for three years, revealed his intention to impress against Belarusian champion Varats Dzmitry at the World Fight Tournament on July 6.

Bukhav arrived in Phnom Penh on July 4 and posted the message ‘See you on the 6th Kun Khmer’ to social media. He also posted several videos of intense workouts.

“I have competed in Cambodia before, but due to the Covid-19 crisis, I missed three years. However, I have not been resting, but training,” he said.

“I have never met this fighter, but I have watched footage of him and I think it will be an interesting and exciting fight for the spectators. I have competed in Cambodia twice before, but the World Fight Tournaments is the biggest Cambodian event so far,” added the so-called boxing king of Thailand.

Vath Chamroeun, secretary general of the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia, considered the event a great chance to promote Kun Khmer.

“Please stop arguing about Kun Khmer martial arts and Muay Thai! When competing abroad, we compete in Muay Thai, but when in Cambodia we compete in Kun Khmer. They develop their sport, we develop our sport,” he said.

Two recent SEA Games gold medalists, Mean Mekhea and Beut Sangkum, were ready to showcase Kun Khmer to the world.

“Although at the games I competed in kickboxing, returning to Kun Khmer is not a problem. It’s the foundation of my combat skills. I am determined to win, and raise the reputation of myself and my nation’s martial art,” said Sangkum.

“Even though I am a gold medalist at the SEA Games in Vovinam, there is not much pressure in this Kun Khmer martial art competition because I have trained a lot so far. We are Cambodians, and have to protect our image. I am resolute. I will beat my Brazilian opponent and boost the profile of Kun Khmer,” added Mekhea.

The event, to be held at the Morodok Techo National Stadium, features six fights.


  • Angkor lifetime pass, special Siem Reap travel offers planned

    The Ministry of Tourism plans to introduce a convenient, single lifetime pass for foreign travellers to visit Angkor Archaeological Park and potentially other areas. The move is designed to stimulate tourism to the culturally rich province of Siem Reap as the start of the “Visit

  • Ice cream, noodles flagged over carcinogen

    The General Department of Customs and Excise of Cambodia (GDCE) has identified three types of instant noodles and ice cream trademarks originating from Thailand, Vietnam and France that are suspected to contain ethylene oxide, which poses a cancer risk to consumers. The general department has

  • Exclusive interview with Josep Borrell Fontelles, High Representative of the EU

    CAMBODIA is hosting the 55th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM) and Related Meetings this week with top officials from the US, China, and Russia and other countries in the region slated to attend and to meet with face-to-face with their counterparts on the sidelines. In

  • Rise in Thai air routes to Siem Reap fuels travel hopes

    Local tourism industry players are eager for regional airline Bangkok Airways Pcl’s resumption of direct flight services between the Thai capital and Siem Reap town on August 1 – home of Cambodia’s awe-inspiring Angkor Archaeological Park – which is expected to boost the growth rate of

  • ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ meet commences, Taiwan issue possibly on table

    The 55th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM) and related meetings hosted by Cambodia kicks off in Phnom Penh on August 3, with progress, challenges, and the way forward for the ASEAN Community-building on the table. Issues on Taiwan, sparked by the visit of US House Speaker

  • Recap of this year’s ASEAN FM meet and look ahead

    This year’s edition of the ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM) hosted by Cambodia comes against the backdrop of heightened global tensions and increasing rivalry between major powers that have been compared to the animosity of the Cold War era. The following is The Post’