Khmer Fighter

Aftermath Nuon Setsong getting stitched up after a fight at TV3.
Cut Bhuet Bunthoeun caught an elbow from Van Chanvey that opened up a nasty cut. The fight was part of a lightweight tournament held at the CTN studio arena. | Jul 19, 2009
Stitches | Mar 14, 2010
Money Keo Roomchang, cut and bloodied, but victorious. | Aug 02, 2009
Elbows | Aug 25, 2013
Elbow Sen Bunthen in a losing effort against a Thai fighter at CTN Arena.
Lightman Rith Kao, a young fighter, shines a telephone flashlight for the doctor after a fight at Bayon TV stadium. | May 09, 2009
Koh Kong After four years fighting in Thailand, Phun Phanna emerged virtually unknown from the jungles of Koh Kong to dominate the Phnom Penh fight scene. | Nov 06, 2011
Count 'em A rare shot of Eh Phutang on the canvas.
Ref The best fighters go on to become referees.
Bad boy Muay Thai bad boy Dominic "Akuma" Zidov in town for a fight against veteran Thun Sophea
Coach Coach Meas Sokry
High kick Sen Bunthen in a losing effort against a Thai fighter at CTN Arena.
Card girl
Cambodia Fighter Vung Noy carries the Cambodian flag into the ring at TV3 stadium.
Head kick Kao Lek (red), from Battambang | Oct 21, 2011
Sam Tharoth, Little Frog Sam Tharoth's nickname is Little Frog. She is among the most popular female fighters.
Cheam Adam vs Khon Reach Cheam Adam vs Khon Reach during CTN's first season of Kun Khmer Warrior Champion, a reality series based loosely around Oscar De La Hoya's Next Great Champ.
Em Vutha
Head kick Rith Kao (red) in a bruising decision victory
Um Dara, RIP Um Dara, a hard-charging fighter from the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces Club, was killed in a hit-and-run accident in 2010. | Jun 07, 2009
Em Litho Em Litho in a losing effort against Thongbang from Laos at CTN.
Breather Catching a breath between rounds | Mar 15, 2012
Waiting Battambang southpaw Keo Roomchang waits for the opening bell at CTN stadium
Neck training The boys at Long Salavorn's club do some weight training.
Ot vs Kevin Ross During a sting training in Thailand, 2-time world champion Kevin Ross came for a fight against local Kun Khmer legend Ot Phutang. Ross had no trouble with the vet and cruised easily to one-side decision.
Ot Puthang A legend of the sport, Ot Phutang, the younger brother of Eh Phutang. The two defined a generation of Kun Khmer
Girls Girls fighting at Bayon TV stadium
Nuon Sorya Well-known fighter Nuon Sorya working with Paddy Carson at Paddy's Fight club
Paddy Carson South African trainer Paddy Carson
Heavy bag A makeshift gym in the alleyway outside trainer Phan Phanna's house
Family affair Fight legend Ot Phutang, with his wife a newborn in tow, before a fight at TV3. | May 01, 2010
Comeback Sen Makara does the Kun Kru before a fight at the 2009 nationals. Makara made a short-lived comeback after recovering from a horrible stabbing -- you can see the scars on his torso.
Keo Roomchang I Keo Roomchang at the TV5 stadium in Takmao
Getting started The early years of Pich Muteh Khmang (red) and Rith Kao.
Training for a title defense Title holder Lao Sinath trains for his 2009 defense against Van Chanvey.
Singing before the pain Bheut Kam sings for the television audiences at home before a fight at Olympic Stadium.
Right hook Phal Sophat (red) against the veteran Luk Vibol on the comeback trail
Sen Bunthen vs Chey Kosal A seminal fight between then up-and-coming Sen Bunthen (red) and the veteran Chey Kosal.
Young guns II In action at the TV5 stadium in Takmao.
Young guns The fight at very young ages in the provinces, but on TV, usually they wait until guys are at least 14. New fighters often fight 4 2-minute rounds instead of the standard 5 x 3-minute rounds.
Buakaw Buakaw and Harlee Averson put on a demo fight for crowds at the inaugural Khmer Fighter series (no affiliation to this web site).
Eh Phutang Trainer and Khmer fight legend Eh Phutang.
Baba Reachesay Baba before a fight at TV5 stadium in Takmao. | Aug 23, 2009