Friday, August 18, 2017

Saladiak spoils Soe Lin Oo’s unbeaten record

Polish light middleweight Muaythai champion Artur Saladiak defeated hometown favourite Soe Lin Oo on points in the main event at WLC-2 fight night at the Thuwana Indoor Stadium on Saturday.

Artur Saladiak of Poland and local favourite Soe Lin Oo in action in the light middleweight division on Saturday at the Thuwana Indoor Stadium. Saladiak won on points. Zarni Phyo / The Myanmar TimesArtur Saladiak of Poland and local favourite Soe Lin Oo in action in the light middleweight division on Saturday at the Thuwana Indoor Stadium. Saladiak won on points. Zarni Phyo / The Myanmar Times

Saladiak was the only foreign fighter to win on the night, the other two – James Benal of France and Australian Josh Fitzroy lost to local fighters, Too Too and Phoe Thaw, respectively.

Even though this was first ever lethwei fight for Saladiak, it was his best show in front of Myanmar crowd.

Soe Lin Oo set the pace, pushing forward while Saladiak relied on counter attacks. The first and second rounds were rather tame, but rounds three to five provided all the action. The local fighter tried to knock Saladiak out but the Polish Muaythai champion stayed out of his opponent’s and counter attacked with telling jabs and punches to Soe Lin Oo’s face.

Saladiak won the fight on points, his first in a lethwei competition. Before this fight, Soe Lin Oo had an unblemished record against foreign fighters but Saladiak spoiled it handing him his first defeat against a foreigner.

‘’I’m so happy with this victory. Lethwei is a very interesting sport. It is not like anything else in the world and very unique. That’s why I come here for this fight. I want to study some techniques,” said Saladiak.

Elsewhere, Phoe Thaw knocked out Australian Fitzroy2 minutes and 20 seconds into the fourth round.

Fitzroy had no answer for his opponent’s elbow attacks and knee thrusts, but the Australian still put up good resistance.

Too Too won on points against Benal. The French gave a good account, proving his toughness in the process. Too Too did all the attacking but Benal stood his ground, soaking up the punishment, but the Myanmar fighter could not knock him down.

“I’ll looking for more victories for my fans. My next target is the WLC golden belt and next opponent will be Michael Badato of Australia. If I beat him the golden belt will be mine. I want to win it for Myanmar people,” Too Too said after the fight.

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