Cambodian fighters went 2-2 today in four international fights at Old Stadium.
Thun Sophea was upset by South African fighter Bakhulhule Baai, who earned the decision behind prolific punching. Baai beat Thun Sophea around the ring in the second. Thun Sophea countered with hard kicks to the body through the later rounds, slowing the Cape Town native, but he never did enough to take back the momentum of the fight, which in the final two rounds was marked by long stretches of inactivity, as each fighter waited to counter.
Sen Bunthen smashed Iranian Hesam Fadaei, as well he should have. Fadaei, who boasted an amateur career or more than 200 fights, was making just his second professional appearance. After cruising through the first, Sen Bunthen opened the second with half a dozen hard right kicks to the body, sending the Iranian to his knees wincing in pain.
Phan Phonna scored a knockdown in the third round against Kenyan kickboxer Leo Nganga, but otherwise struggled against a game opponent. The Kenyan scored with low kicks and good body work, and he cut Phon Phanna with a knee to the right eye in the final round. But Phon Phanna, who has yet to lose a professional bout since returning to the local scene 11 months ago, turned it on often enough to stay out front, cruising to a points decision.
Van Chanvey got KTFO’d. An elbow in the third round from Spanish champion Juan Montenegro put the Battambang powerhouse to bed. Despite the evidence, referee Chhit Sarim counted all the way to ten, but Van Chanvey was still disconcertingly unresponsive. He finally work up about the 25 mark.