Unfortunately, while driving his motorcycle to Bayon TV Station this past Sunday, Lao Chetra was involved in a traffic accident that quickly received nationwide coverage.
“I was on my motorbike on Veng Sreng Street when the accident happened,” the 19-year-old explains.
“A guy on a motorbike crashed into me when he was trying to avoid a car.”
Pictures showing the Kun Khmer warrior’s bruised face and body spread in the Cambodian news and social media.
Those reports were highly exaggerated, however.
“I am okay,” he assures.
“I just got a couple of bruises and some superficial bleeding that I need to tend to. That’s all. I haven’t even taken any time off from training since my injury was not very serious.”
Chetra will be facing an ultra-tough opponent in his ONE Super Series Muay Thai flyweight bout at Bangkok’s Impact Arena.
He will square off against Thai hero Superlek Kiatmoo9, a two-time Lumpinee Stadium Muay Thai World Champion who is already regarded as one of the best Muay Thai practitioners of the modern era.
Despite the recent accident, the Cambodian is still motivated. He is not concerned about his adversary, and his sole focus is on his training and making his loyal fans proud of him.
Chetra wants to reassure everyone once more that he will make his debut in Bangkok as planned, and he will represent Cambodia in the world’s largest martial arts organization.
“The accident has not affected my training at all,” he says. “I want to tell [my fans] that I’m okay and don’t worry, I still will be competing on the 16th.”