August 19, 2016

Myanmar traditional boxers victorious but fans disappointed

Soe Maung Oo defeats Thai opponent but draws fan criticism

Soe Maung Oo defeats Thai opponent in the fourth round.  Photo: Maung Sein Lwin
Soe Maung Oo defeats Thai opponent in the fourth round. Photo: Maung Sein Lwin

SOE Maung Oo triumphed over his Thai opponent in the fourth round of the Myanmar traditional boxing match in Mandalay on Friday night. During the first three rounds Thailand’s Walchart was dominating the game but come round four he could no longer resist the right upper cut and knee attacks of his Myanmar opponent.
“The match definitely looked fixed because the Thai was easily leading in the first three rounds but it’s clear that he surrendered to his Myanmar opponent in the fourth round.”
Those were the words of a long time Myanmar boxing fan who felt let down by the match he had paid to attend even though his country had won.
He disappointedly criticised the event and accused the competition organisers of match fixing.
The challenge included four fights between Myanmar and Thailand. In the second and third matches the Myanmar boxers downed their opponents in the second round and first round respectively. Fans expected to see exciting drawn out clashes between Myanmar and Thailand but were apparently disappointed by the end result. Event organisers have not publically commented on the fan accusations of match fixing.
Other fights took place between Myanmar compatriots but drew much smaller crowds.—Maung Sein Lwin (Myanma Alinn)


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