The Myanmar Times - Weekend - - Sport - KYAW ZIN HLAING kyawz­inhlaing@mm­ SPORT 19 SEPTEM­BER 28, 2018

Myan­mar first class leth­wei fighter Soe Lin Oo will fight China’s Zhao Wen­wen in the main event of the Heart­less Tigers on Satur­day at 5pm at the Thuwana in­door sta­dium in Yan­gon.

Ac­cord­ing to the fight or­gan­is­ers, it will be the first fight of Zhao Wen­wen in Myan­mar tra­di­tional leth­wei. But the Chi­nese fighter said he can win against Soe Lin Oo.

‘‘I’m knock­ing him out,” said Zhao Wen­wen, at the press con­fer­ence on Wed­nes­day at Karaweik Palace Ho­tel in Yan­gon.

The Chi­nese fighter is a kick boxer and also has also com­peted in Muay Thai and Mixed Mar­tial Arts.

“Al­though I used to be in kick-box­ing, Muay Thai and MMA, I want to fight in the more bru­tal mar­tial arts like a leth­wei. Myan­mar tra­di­tional leth­wei is the most bru­tal mar­tial arts all over the world be­cause it is bare-knuckle and head butting is al­lowed. That’s why I ac­cepted this fight,» said Zhao Wen­wen.

Home­town hero Soe Lin Oo re­mains the crowd favourite in the up­com­ing bout. Fans af­fec­tion­ately call him Iron man. His got over 60 knock­out fights in his ca­reer and only suf­fered one loss on points against Ar­tur Sal­a­diak of Poland last year.

One month ago, Soe Lin Oo knocked out Muay Thai champ Iquezang of Thai­land in two min­utes and 22 sec­onds into the third round of the Leth­wei Na­tion fight 2018 at Thein Phyu sta­dium in Yan­gon.

“I don’t know well my op­po­nent (Zhao Wen­wen). I have watched only one match of his fight. But I have done enough prepa­ra­tion and train­ing for this fight. Even though I can’t say ex­actly what rounds, it is go­ing to be a knock­out vic­tory,” he said.

The ‘’WLC: Heart­less Tigers” fight will also see light wel­ter­weight cham­pi­onship bout be­tween reign­ing cham­pion Kyaw Zin Latt and chal­lenger Saw Htoo Aung. A to­tal of eight matches will be fea­tured in the fight.

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