Two Myanmar kickboxers knocked out their opponents while another drew during the Let Hway Challenge Fight between Myanmar and the Philippines at Yangon’s Theinphyu Stadium on October 7.
Fighters Tway Mashaung and Thetti Aung accounted for the knockouts. Khine Linn Oo fought to a draw.
Fans packed the stands eager to see how their countrymen would fare against international competition. But it was a frustrating start for Myanmar fans as Khine Linn Oo struggled to keep pace with his opponent Janito.
The Filipino quickly got the upper hand, using his height to his advantage. His long reach on strikes gave him a clear advantage. By the ending bell Khin Linn Oo had managed a draw; the effort was enough to maintain his positive reputation with Myanmar fans.
Thetti Aung made quick work of Rolando by landing a series of quick punches followed by a finishing elbow strike just two minutes into the first round.
Spectators grew even louder when fan favourite Tway Mashaung sent his opponent, Mike Ganado to the floor in the first minute of the second round of their bout.
Tway Mashaung, the winner of numerous domestic tournaments, showed his skills attacking with a variety of punches and kicks coupled with quick footwork.
At the start of the second round, Tway Mashaung seemed committed to finishing his opponent as quickly as possible. He launched a powerful left hook, which landed on Ganado’s right jaw forcing a technical knockout.
Although the Myanmar side was triumphant in the tournament, fans were not satisfied with the short fights and felt that the Filipino side was greatly overmatched.
“I am happy with our fighters but I prefer watching the fights between local fighters because they are evenly matched and we have the chance to see what our traditional sport is,” said one boxing fan.
Winners Tway Mashaung and Thetti Aung are scheduled to fight on October 25 in Kandawgyi Park.