After a successful career in Kun Khmer, Kingdom Fight Gym (KFG) competitor Kong Sambo is finally ready for his debut in ONE Championship on Friday, 22 February in Singapore.
Slated for a ONE Super Series Bantamweight Kickboxing bout against China’s Zhang Chenlong, Sambo has already made his way to Singapore with trainer Rith Chea and KFG co-founder Kwok Leung Tsang.
“It has been a great experience for him,” says Kwok Leung.
“First time overseas [and going] from Cambodia to Singapore, it’s almost two opposites.”
The Siem Reap based 23-year-old was supposed to compete on the prelims, but have now been bumped up to the main card where he will have even more eyes on him.
Together with his trainers and team members, Sambo has put together a gameplan that might surprise people that has seen the talented Cambodian compete on the local scene.
“If you compare traditional Kun Khmer to kickboxing, there’s a big difference in pace,” Kwok Leung explains.
“We will try to push the pace [with] fast combinations and keep the pressure. Less countering, less waiting.”
ONE Championship: Kong Sambo vs. Zhang Chenlong
Sambo and his team acknowledge Zhang’s accomplishments in respected organizations like GLORY Kickboxing, but welcomes the challenge and promises to put on a show.
“[Zhang] is also an aggressive and moving-forward fighter,” Kwok Leung states.
“That’s what people want to see, and that’s what we are here to bring.”
Cambodia is currently riding a massive wave of confidence.
“The Kingdom of Wonder” ended 2018 with two massive wins at ONE: DESTINY OF CHAMPIONS in Kuala Lumpur, and was also awarded a victory last weekend when Kun Khmer phenom Nou Srey Pov defeated Rika Ishige in Bangkok.
“Cambodia is stepping up, and there are many athletes in ONE now,” Kwok Leung states.
“It’s cool and exciting to see.”
With Sambo and Khmer Warrior Challenge Champion Khon Sichan competing this Friday in the Singapore Indoor Stadium, Cambodia has yet another chance to prove that Kun Khmer is stronger than ever.
“We are here to represent Cambodia and bring some fireworks,” the KFG leader concludes.