Cambodian Top Team (CTT) fighter Pich Mtes Khmang might not be well-known on the local martial arts scene just yet, but he is undoubtedly a name to keep an eye out for in the future.
This Friday, the 23-year-old World Lethwei Championship (WLC) fighter will once again represent Cambodia as he will make his way to Mandalay in northern Myanmar to compete at World Lethwei Championship: MIGHTY WARRIORS against Vietnam’s Nguyen Tran Duy Nhat.
With an impressive match-record of 93-9-1, Mtes Khmang is ready to keep building on the momentum he gained at WLC: HEARTLESS TIGERS when he took out hometown favorite Mite Yine after an action-packed five-round war.
“I’m thrilled to be back competing,” says Mtes Khmang.
“In my training, I have been focusing on increasing my speed and improving my fight techniques.”
Competing in WLC has proved to be a successful move for Mtes Khmang that is grateful with how well he and his fellow Cambodians are taken care of by the organization.
CTT teammate and ONE Championship star Nou Srey Pov also gained huge recognition when she competed in WLC, and she was later awarded “Female Fighter of The Year.”
“They are very welcoming,” he explains about WLC.
“They are thrilled that we fight for them, and happy about the great fights that we put on.”
World Lethwei Championship allows headbutts
Lethwei has many similarities with Kun Khmer but differs primarily in the use of headbutts.
Even though Mtes Khmang grew up learning the Cambodian martial art, he has made a smooth transition to Burma’s Lethwei and has a lot of respect for the local fighters.
“If we compare Lethwei to Kun Khmer, the use of headbutts makes it a bit more brutal in my opinion.”
“I’m not going to fight a Burmese fighter this time, so I don’t have to worry about it so much.”
“But I have still trained it so I can use it against my opponent.”
Already in Burma with his coach and CTT leader Hun Chan Reach, Mtes Khmang hopes to continue climbing to the top of the organization and spread the word of Kun Khmer.
“I will do my best to bring home victory, like our other fighters,” he states.
“I don’t want to make a big prediction, but I’m hoping to win by decision.”