The World Lethwei Championship Plans To Go Global In 2020
WLC: BATTLEBONES is set to go down tonight at The Thein Phyu Indoor Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar. The main event will see the World Lethwei Championship middleweight defending champion Too Too of Myanmar defend his title against Naimjon Tuhtaboyev of Uzbekistan.
Ahead of WLC: BATTLEBONES, the WLC held a pre-fight press conference, where the promotion announced some big plans for the year ahead. Those in attendance included Too Too, Naimjon Tuhtaboyev, Burmese superstar So Mi Ong Luktupfah, Cambodia’s top athlete Sok Rith and female lethwei stars Souris Manfredi and Tran Thi Lua.
During the press conference, WLC Executive Director Sein Phyo Hlaing announced that 2020 will be a major year for the organisation with events planned in Thailand, Cambodia, Japan and the United States of America this year along with four events in Myanmar.
“Lethwei is the destination for combat sports all over the world and we are currently negotiating with the biggest stars and are close to finalising several deals. Among them are world champions in kickboxing, karate, taekwondo and several recent fighters from promotions like the UFC,” Sein Phyo Hlaing stated.
Ahead of tonight’s main event, Too Too and Naimjon Tuhtaboyev also gave a few words about their title fight.
Middleweight World Lethwei Champion Too Too stated, “ Naimjon Tuhtaboyev might have beaten me once (in 2014), but this time it will be different. I will comprehensively defeat him!”
Challenger Naimjon Tuhtaboyev stated, “I have beaten him once and I am very confident. I can guarantee that I can knockout Too Too. One hundred perecent!”
The WLC has also released the full weigh-in results ahead of tonight’s WLC: BATTLEBONES.
Official Weigh-In Results:
Main Event: (Middleweight World Championship 71-75 kg) Too Too 75 kg Vs Naimjon Tuhtaboyev 75 kg
Co-main Event: (Bantamweight 51-54 kg) Somiong Luktupfah 52.2 kg Vs Sok Rith 51.8 kg
Fight 6: (Bantamweight 51-54 kg) Souris Manfredi 53.9 kg Vs Tran Thi Lua 51.8 kg
Fight 5: (Welterweight 63.5-67 kg) Saw Kaung Htet 65.6 kg Vs Samuel Toscano 66.9 kg
Fight 4: (Lightweight 57-60 kg) Hein Tun Aung 60 kg Vs Em Sothy 58.4 kg
Fight 3: (Welterweight 63.5-67 kg) Saw Hla Min 64.3 kg Vs Tun Lin Aung 65.9 kg
Fight 2: (Light Welterweight 60-63.5 kg) Thar Win Tun 63 kg Vs Eh Mwe 60.1 kg
Fight 1: (Lightweight 57-60 kg) Lin Htet Naing 58.5 kg Vs Zin Bo 57.7 kg
WLC: BATTLEBONES goes down tonight at The Thein Phyu Indoor Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar. The event will be broadcast live on Canal+ in Myanmar, from 5.30pm and globally on UFC Fight Pass, from 6.30pm (Myanmar Time).