After an unsuccessful title challenge in his lethwei debut, fil-am kickboxing champion Michael Badato is returning for one more shot at glory. On June 2nd, he fights Burmese legend Saw Nga Man at World Lethwei Championship’s next event, WLC: KNOCKOUT WAR.
Badato had the chance to add arguably the most prestigious piece of silverware to his championship laden mantle when he took on Middleweight World Lethwei Champion Too Too last November. Badato put on a spirited effort in his first fight in almost two years but ultimately ring rust and inexperience in lethwei combat caught up to him, and he lost via decision.
Now given a new lease of life at his preferred weight of 79kg (Cruiserweight), he gets another chance to write this chapter in his storied career that has seen him win WBC, IKBF, CMT and WKBF championships. A win over a legend like Saw Nga Man will solidify his case should a cruiserweight championship be introduced by World Lethwei Championship, the biggest bareknuckle fighting organisation in the world.
Badato, 32, is now a father of father of two and he is now fighting for more than himself. With his three daughters and his extended family in Philippines rallying behind him, he believes he has the support to succeed in martial arts.
“”I’m doing this for my family. I want to be a role model for them and show that you can achieve your dreams if you put your heart and soul into it. I want to enjoy this dream of fighting all over the world while providing them with a better future.”
WLC: KNOCKOUT WAR takes place on June 2 at the Wunna Theikdi Indoor Stadium in Naypitaw, Myanmar and will be broadcast to 40 countries around the world. Check your local listings and www.worldlethwei.com for more information.