‘Kun Khmer Champion’ opens second season
From The Phnom Penh Post.
TWELVE unknown rookie fighters will try to slug their way to wealth and fame in the second season of Kun Khmer Champion at the CTN boxing arena, which airs its first show Sunday.
For the dozen newcomers the Kun Khmer Champion reality series offers a chance to skip years of fighting in little-viewed undercard bouts and go straight to the main event, where packed arenas cheer every punch and gamblers shower their winners with prize money.
Like fighting sport the world over, a boxer’s ability to command big money rides largely on his popularity, with fighters often spending years brawling in obscurity before breaking into the limelight.
“A year ago I was pouring cement,” said Sam Ournlourng, a 21-year-old from Prey Veng and one of a dozen hopefuls on the show. “I’d rather fight.”