Um Dara, veteran RCAF club fighter, dies at 23

Um Dara, among the clubhouse leaders at the RCAF boxing club, was killed in a traffic accident Sunday night. He was 23 years old.

According to unconfirmed reports, Mr Dara, from Kampong Cham, was hit by a truck about 11:30 p.m as he attempted to make a left turn near the flyover bridge on Norodom Blvd.

Known as “Black Face” for the prominent birth mark across the bridge of his nose, Mr Dara was among the longest serving active fighters at the RCAF club. He often fought around 70 kilograms, a division were the ranks are thin. He last fought Sept 25, in a losing effort to Irish fighter Josh Palmer at the TV3 boxing arena.

The Phnom Penh Post has more.

CORRECTION: The original post said Um Dara was 28. The Post reports that he was 23. The story has been changed accordingly.

One Response to “Um Dara, veteran RCAF club fighter, dies at 23”

  1. Very sad news.

    We met in 2006, trained together and met again in 2009 and trained together. Um Dara always had a good attitude, liked to joke, trained hard and always fought whoever they put in front of him. The last time I saw him I said Hello and he replied “Fuck! Where have you been for so long?” in that scratchy voice of his.

    Um Dara will be greatly missed.

    Thank you for posting, Paddy.

    HayBro - February 22nd, 2011 at 10:44 pm

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