YE Thway Ni won his semifinal
boxing match in convincing
fashion yesterday at Thein Phyu
Stadium, one of several fights in
the semifinal round of the Lethwei
Nation 50th Media Championship
2018. Ye Thway Ni defeated
his taller opponent, Shue Klane
Minn, with his aggressive style,
landing repeated jabs to the
head. By the third round of the
five-round match in the 57-61 kg
weight class, Shue Klane Minn’s
right eye was swollen shut.
Other winners included Saw Phoe Tun, who won his 57-61 kg semifinal fight against Khun Phit of Thailand, despite a cut to the head that bled heavily throughout the match, and Ye Ta Gon, who won his 62-66 kg bout against Saw Min Aung.Yesterday's matches were broadcast live on the Action Channel of Canal+, a pay TV channel based in France that launched in Myanmar in February in collaboration with Myanmar media company Forever Group.
Lethwei is a traditional Myanmar style of boxing. The fighting is done bare-knuckled and barefooted.
The hands and ankles of the fighters are allowed to be taped, but without padding. All the winners of yesterday’s matches advance to the finals, which will be held on 29 July.