Too Too of Myanmar defends his World Lethwei Championship middleweight title against Naimjon Tuhtaboyev of Uzbekistan on January 5 at Taungoo Football Stadium. The contest headlines the first bare-knuckle fighting event for 2020, billed as “WLC: Battlebones”.
From Magwe along the Irrawady river in Myanmar, Too Too is the winningest fighter in World Lethwei Championship and is widely considered as the best athlete in the sport today. He has amassed a reputation as a powerful and accurate counter striker who can knock out even the toughest of opponents. He defeated Australian Muay Thai champion Michael Badato to become the inaugural WLC middleweight champion before successfully defending his belt against Vasyl Sorokin of Ukraine.
In 2014, both the fighters in the main event were fledging athletes early in their career when they faced off in Thailand in a bareknuckle Muay Thai contest. It was an exciting fight with both athletes having to fight through a knockdown. It was Tuhtaboyev, who emerged victorious in that contest. This rematch aims to settle the half-decade score with the most prestigious title in lethwei on the line.
The co-main event will feature Cambodia’s top bantamweight, Sok Rith, making his lethwei debut against a mystery opponent. Another Khmer superstar will also feature, as Elite San takes on Myanmar’s Hein Tun Aung.
Samuel Toscano of Italy gets the opportunity to compete in lethwei for the first time in his career. A veteran of the European Muay Thai circuit, he traveled to Myanmar earlier this year on holiday and has since fallen in love with the sport. He takes on local Saw Kaung Htet.
Souris Manfredi of France wowed lethwei fans with her impressive headbutts in her debut and will now face teenage prodigy Tran Thi Lua from Vietnam.
A few Myanmar vs. Myanmar matchups are also scheduled. Lin Htet Naing challenges Zin Bo in the opening contest, while Thar Win Tun and Kyar Thway will battle it out in a light welterweight contest. The last bout on the card features welterweights Tun Lin Aung and Ye Tway Aung.