The combat programme of Muaythai at the SEA Games was opened today with IFMA world champion Bui Yen Ly taking a challenge from Tharoth Oum (CAM). Even But Yen was a clear favourite of the bout Tharoth showed a strong power of will and spirit leaving the Cambodian audience in awe. Bui Yen finished this bout with a confident win but Tharoth made a great impression about the Cambodian Muaythai leading to the following bout where two neighbouring counties had to clash in the competition.
Lao Soubinh Banxadeth and Cambodian Chetra Lao made the crowd standing on their tip toes, and this time it was time for Cambodian spectators to celebrate and cheer to their athlete as Chetra’s hand was raised at the end of three rounds.
The current Asian Champion Norapath Khundam (THA) proved his champion’s ambitions in a bout against Truong Cao Minh Phat (VIE). The young Thai is building his name in IFMA events getting closer to his second gold medal.
Alexis Mayag As is making his debut in IFMA Elite and had to deal with the pressure of becoming the first representative of the host country stepping in the ring at the SEA Games. Despite his young age Alexis gained a confident win over Sulaeman from Indonesia bringing the first victory for the Philippine team.
The last bout of the night was definitely not the least as Thailand and Laos clashed in the ring with Soulixay Singsavath (LAO) pulling the victory from Ratchaphon Thapthan (THA). It seems like Thailand will need to use their all strength to accomplish their aim of becoming the best team as Laos and Cambodia will definitely have their plan for the event.
Tomorrow more exciting bouts are awaiting the audience and we can only wait until South East Asian countries step in the ring on the second bout day.