Saw Ba Oo head­lines Man­dalay fights

The Myanmar Times - - Sport - THAN NAING SOE thannaing­soe@mm­times.com

LESS than a month after his em­phatic vic­tory over Kyal Sin Phyu in ONE Cham­pi­onship’s State of War­riors event, Saw Ba Oo will climb back into the ring against a top Myan­mar fighter.

This time, it’s lethwei rules only, as the Kayin state cham­pion faces off against Man­dalay Re­gion’s 2012 re­gion and state-level gold medal­list Poe K to­mor­row at Man­dalay’s Aung Myay Man­dalar Sta­dium.

The two head­line the Man­dalay Rum­bling Chal­lenge Fight, or­gan­ised by T&T Group and spon­sored by Vic­tory Myan­mar Group Co, Ltd.

“This is the first fight be­tween Poe K and Saw Ba Oo,” said or­gan­is­ing of­fi­cial U Datha.

Saw Ba Oo, 27, trains in Hpa-an with Taung Ka Lay gym, where he’s honed his mixed mar­tial arts skills for re­cent cage fights. But to­mor­row’s fight rep­re­sents a re­turn to the usual for the Kayin fighter, who has made a name for him­self as a hard-kick­ing lethwei fighter with a high thresh­old for pain.

His last per­for­mance on Oc­to­ber 7 fea­tured both strengths, as he out­lasted Kyal Sin Phyu in a two-round bat­tle that saw him land mul­ti­ple body kicks from the up­right po­si­tion.

Other match-ups will fea­ture Kayin State’s cur­rent gold medal­list Sein Myo Aung against Pyin Oo Lwin’s best fighter, Bo Soe Aung; Soe Maung Oo from Yadan­abon gym against Myo Man Thit from 1886 Man­dalay; and Thar Kyaw Phyauk, a gold medal­list from Mon State, against ju­nior cham­pion Tet Lu from Kyar Ye gym

– Trans­la­tion by Thiri Min Htun

Photo: Naing Lin Soe

Saw Ba Oo en­ters the ONE Cham­pi­onship ring on Oc­to­ber 7. He’ll face off against Poe K to­mor­row in Man­dalay.

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