THE MYANMAR TIMES
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.