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Chey Kosal

    Chey Kosal (Khmer: ជ័យ កុសល), born in 1982 and a native of Siem Reap province, is a retired Kun Khmer fighter and kick boxer who embarked on his journey in the world of Kun Khmer in 1999. Known for his precision and formidable elbow strikes, Chey Kosal made a mark in the sport before transitioning to a role as a referee and judge in the TV arena after retiring from professional boxing in early 2014.

    Early Life and Introduction to Kun Khmer

    Born and raised in Siem Reap province, Chey Kosal’s journey into the world of Kun Khmer began with humble roots. His introduction to the sport came under the guidance of his father, who led him to Master Chhorn Sary’s training at the Olympic Station in Phnom Penh in 1994. Despite initially struggling with the rigorous training regimen, Chey Kosal’s passion for Kun Khmer was ignited when he found a dedicated mentor in Master Troeung Sossay. Balancing the demands of training with the responsibilities of supporting his family as a motortaxi driver, Chey Kosal’s dedication to the sport remained unwavering.

    Rise to Prominence

    Chey Kosal’s talent and determination soon caught the attention of the Kun Khmer community, leading to his debut on TV5’s ring in 2000. Despite earning just over $10 for his appearance, Chey Kosal’s tenacity propelled him to prominence in the early 2000s. Facing formidable opponents in the 57kg category, including Bird Rithy, Thun Sophea, and Phay Bunchoeu, Chey Kosal quickly gained recognition for his sharp and precise elbow strikes.

    Career Highlights

    In 2005, Chey Kosal achieved a significant milestone by clinching the Samdech Akka Moha Thamma Pothisal Chea Sim Title in the 63 kg weight category on TV5, following months of relentless bouts. His crowning achievement came in 2006 when he secured the world title in the 67 kg weight category, defeating opponents from Russia in the prestigious Channel 5 arena. With an impressive record of 100 wins, 20 losses, and 10 draws, including 70 knockout victories, Chey Kosal’s prowess in the ring earned him accolades both domestically and internationally.

    Beyond the borders of Cambodia, Chey Kosal showcased his skills on the global stage, competing in renowned venues such as the King Cup, Lumpinee, and Rajadamnern stadiums in Thailand, as well as in England, France, and Australia. His tenure in Australia saw him participate in numerous bouts, including a championship fight where he claimed victory and secured a belt in 2008. Despite facing formidable opponents like Oth Phouthong and Keo Rumchong, Chey Kosal’s resilience and determination never wavered. Though he experienced defeats, each setback only fueled his determination to improve and succeed in the sport he loved.

    Transition and Retirement

    Due to the limited number of fighters in his weight class, Chey Kosal also ventured into Kick Boxing, competing twice in the discipline. In early 2014, after an illustrious career in professional boxing, Chey Kosal retired from the ring. However, his commitment to Kun Khmer persisted as he seamlessly transitioned into a role as a referee and boxing judge, ensuring fairness and upholding the integrity of the sport. Additionally, he continues to serve as a dedicated police officer, contributing to the well-being of his community both in and out of the ring.

    Chey Kosal’s journey from humble beginnings to becoming a respected figure in Kun Khmer exemplifies the power of perseverance and passion in overcoming adversity. Today, he continues to inspire others through his dedication to the sport and his unwavering commitment to excellence.

    Born 1982
    From Siem Reap Province
    Other Names The Elbow Strike Specialist
    Height 1. 68 m
    Weight 67Kg
    Style Kun Khmer, Kick Boxing
    Stance Orthodox
    Boxing Gym National Military Police Boxing Club
    Trainer Troeung Sossay
    Years Active 1999-2014 (Retired)
    Total 130
    Wins 100
    Losses 20
    Draws 10
    TKOs 70
    As Of 2013
    CAUTION: The fight records of Kun Khmer Fighters have been inconsistent across TV stations. Therefore, these numbers are subject to change based on the latest fights available, with the name of the TV station hosting the event mentioned.