The first Angkor King Fight set to go down in history

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Cambodia’s 10 Kun Khmer boxers and their top Chinese counterparts (not pictured) are due to face off in the first “Angkor King Fight” on April 10. CHHORN-NORN

The “Angkor King Fight” event – to be held in front of the Angkor Wat temple in Siam Reap province on April 20 – is the first martial arts event to pit Cambodia’s best fighters against those of China.

Everyone involved appreciates the cooperation that made this event possible – with the event’s main Chinese sponsor seeing it as a demonstration of the age-old friendship between the two nations that should be written in history.

Guo Yang, director of the Longhai Fight Club, said at a press conference last week that “Cambodia-China friendship has been set in stone for a long time, with sports being a bridge between the two countries in terms of culture. The collaboration required to stage this event in front of Angkor Wat for the first time shows why Cambodian-Chinese relations have lasted for thousands of years.

“Angkor Wat is the birthplace of traditional Khmer martial arts, so there is a deeper meaning behind these fights. I believe this event will go down in history. At the same time, I hope that through this competition, many people will come to Cambodia and experience its martial arts culture and help Khmer boxing become famous in China and other parts of the world. This event should also contribute to the revival of the tourism sector in Cambodia,” added the Chinese trainer.

Chen Yahong, a representative of the Huo Nan provincial foreign relations office, said, “Having the tournament in front of Angkor Wat is very significant because Angkor Wat is the site of Khmer civilization – just like Huo Nan is the source of chinese culture. and martial arts. The Shaolin Temple and Tai Chi martial arts, which are world heritage, originated there. This event will create a new business card for Cambodian-Chinese relations.

Olympic Committee Secretary General Vath Chamroeun confirmed that Cambodia intends to use the event to launch a new campaign that promotes national sporting identity. The first meeting of the Southeast Asian Games Council will be held in Siem Reap from April 8-10.

“We are organizing the first boxing match in Angkor, it is the right time to attract the attention of other ASEAN countries who will participate in this meeting. This will encourage the support of Khmer martial artists and perhaps inspire other nations to attend SEA Games 2023 in Phnom Penh. Through Minister of National Defense Tea Bahn – also Chairman of the Cambodian SEA Games Organizing Committee, Prime Minister Hun Sen has launched a campaign to promote the national sporting identity,” he said.

“The government has instructed the National Committee to broadcast this campaign, so on April 10, Picheay Sena will officially announce it,” he added.

Among the fighters who will take part in the first ‘Angkor King Fight’ are two Khmer kun boxers – as Van Voeun will face Chinese boxer Sei Zi Qin and Chhut Sereyvanthong will face Su Ke Xin in the same 57.5kg category.

The other eight pairs will compete in kick boxing formulas in which Nou Sreypov will face Li Li Shan in the women’s 52 kg category, Tanh Makara will meet Gao Xi Feng in the men’s 65 kg category and Sot Veasna will face Yang Hua in the male category of 60 kg. Lao Chetra will face Wei Wei Yang in the 64 kg category while handsome boxer Lao Chantra will fight with Luo Chao and Chhoeung Lvei will meet Han Wen Bao in the same 71 kg category. Prum Samnang will face Wang Ao Gang in 80 kg and Phal Sophoan will face China’s Wei Rui in 65 kg.

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