Niamjon Tuhtaboyev Becomes New Middleweight World Lethwei Champion

Yangon, Myanmar- World Lethwei Championship (WLC), the world’s largest bareknuckle fighting organisation, hosted WLC: BATTLEBONES in Yangon, Myanmar on 31 January 2020. In the main event, it was a back-and-forth affair with both athletes going for the one-strike knockout. Defending Champion Too Too was effective with his leg kicks but it was the challenger Naimjon Tuhtaboyev’s more precise and accurate strikes that proved to be the difference. Tuhtaboyev earned the victory via split decision, becoming the new Middleweight World Lethwei Champion.

In the co-main event, So Mi Ong Luktupfah overwhelmed Cambodia’s Sok Rith with a barrage of both flashy yet effective strikes. He began to dominate early in the second round and never relented. Sok Rith tried fighting back after multiple knockdowns but eventually became too much for him to continue.

Photo gallery for WLC: BATTLEBONES can be found here:

Replay of WLC: BATTLEBONES is available on UFC Fight Pass and Canal+ (Selected territories).

Full results of WLC: BATTLEBONES

Naimjon Tuhtaboyev defeats Too Too via split decision (For the Middleweight World Lethwei Championship)
So Mi Ong Luktupfah defeats Sok Rith via knockout at 1:31 in round 2
Souris Manfredi defeats Tran Thi Lua via knockout at 1:51 in round 2
Samuel Toscano defeats Saw Kaung Htet via unanimous decision
Hein Tun Aung defeats Em Sothy via unanimous decision
Saw Hla Min defeats Tun Lin Aung via TKO (Doctor Stoppage) at 0:46 in round 2
Eh Mwe defeats Thar Win Tun via KO at 1:47 in round 5
Lin Htet Naing defeats Zin Bo via unanimous decision

Author: Robert Belen

Robert Belen is a long-time combat sports writer for dSource Boxing. An avid sports fan, he knows no fear nor partiality in his reporting. If you have a problem with him, tell it to his face. (We bid you not.) You can follow him on Twitter @robertbelen

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