As Too Too enters the room, there is a renewed swagger around the man. Now with the Middleweight World Lethwei Championship draped around his shoulder, he is the personification of a world champion.
Long considered one of the best lethwei fighters in the world, he etched his name into history when he defeated Michael Badato at WLC: LEGENDARY CHAMPIONS to become the first ever Middleweight World Lethwei Champion. The monumental achievement is the culmination of a decade-long career that started while he was just a teenager.
To hear Too Too recall is a magical feeling as a smile breaks across his face. “That was the greatest moment of my life. It was such a tough fight but I was determined to become the first World Lethwei Champion and I pushed through. The moment the belt was wrapped around my waist, it was emotional.”
With the right to be crowned the best fighter in the world, Too Too is not ready to relinquish that status anytime soon. His attention turns to Vasyl Sorokin, a rising young star from Ukraine who will be his first title defense. Sorokin recently defeated Muay Thai superstar Sudsakorn Sor Klinmee last December and will be riding a high into this fight but Too Too is not concerned.
“As champion, I know I have a target on my back. Sorokin enters with a big resume but that does not faze me. I can take him just like I can take anyone else in the world today. So bring it on!”
This bout will headline a stacked WLC event that enters the capital of Myanmar, Naypitaw, for the first time. The event, WLC: BARE-KNUCKLE KING, will be live on 17 February from Wunna Theikdi Indoor Stadium, an arena which last played host to the SEA Games in 2015.