Title fight results
Tim ‘TNT’ Thomas stopped Meas Chantha with 5 seconds left in their ISKA world middleweight title fight to win the strap for a second time in his career.
In the cofeature, Vorn Viva shook off a not-so-flash knockdown in the third round to fight his way back to a narrow decision victory and retain his ISKA world welterweight title.
Approximately 7,000 fans watched the fights live Friday night at the indoor arena of the Olympic Stadium in Phnom Penh. Many more watched the live stream on the Internet.
Thomas rocked Meas Chantha with an uppercut with less than a minute to go in the fight. Meas Chantha struggled to his feet, but hurt badly, he was largely defenseless, and Thomas unloaded the heavy hands for which he is famous to earn two more quick knockdowns and force an end to the bout.
Vorn Viva started quickly, and he was largely in control of the fight until midway through the third round when he walked into a left elbow from English challenger Ben Barwise. Barwise followed the elbow with a hard knee to the body, then spun the hurt champion into the neutral corner and dropped him with a series of punches.
Vorn Viva kept busy in the fourth and came on strong in the fifth to score a not entirely convincing win and retain his welterweight title.