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Kong Sambo

    Kong Sambo (Khmer: គង់ សំបូរ), known as “Kon Neak Sor Touch” or “The Little White Dragon,” was born in 1991 in Phnom Penh. From a young age, Sambo showed a keen interest in Kun Khmer. He began his training at the age of 8, driven by a passion to excel in the sport and make his mark on the Kun Khmer world.

    Rise to Prominence in Kun Khmer

    Sambo’s journey in Kun Khmer was marked by both challenges and triumphs. At the age of 12, tragedy struck when his father fell ill, leaving Sambo as the family’s primary breadwinner. Determined to support his family, Sambo made the bold decision to pursue Kun Khmer full-time. This dedication and perseverance led him to compete in over 100 bouts and earn multiple championships over the span of more than two decades. It’s likely that he participated in even more matches, especially in his early career, although they may not have been properly recorded.

    Professional Career and ONE Championship

    During his prime, Sambo mesmerized audiences with his dynamic fighting style and extraordinary performances in the ring. One of his most remarkable victories occurred at the Muaych8 event, where he faced his Thai adversary, Dechbangklang. In a display of sheer dominance, Sambo expertly exploited an opening, delivering a powerful blow that caused a significant cut on his opponent’s forehead. Seizing the advantage, he unleashed a relentless barrage of punches to the body, ultimately forcing his opponent to submit. This victory underscored Sambo’s prowess and left an indelible mark on the minds of spectators. His exceptional talent and impressive track record soon captured the attention of ONE Championship, leading to his signing with the prestigious promotion in early 2019. With a deep sense of pride in representing Cambodia and its revered martial art, Kun Khmer, on the global stage, Sambo set out to demonstrate the formidable power and inherent beauty of Kun Khmer against adversaries from diverse backgrounds.

    Facing Adversity and Demonstrating Sportsmanship

    On February 22, 2019, Sambo faced off against Chinese Fighter Zhang Chenglong at the One Championship event “Call To Greatness,” resulting in a split decision loss in Round 3. Despite facing a formidable opponent, Sambo exhibited remarkable resilience and fighting spirit throughout the match. Despite the judges’ split decision, with one favoring Sambo’s kick-based attack and the other two acknowledging Zhang’s all-around striking game, Sambo demonstrated true sportsmanship by assisting Zhang to his feet after a slip during the bout. This gesture exemplified Sambo’s character and respect for his opponent, even amidst the intensity of combat.

    Continuing the Journey

    Today, Sambo remains committed to his passion for Kun Khmer, despite grappling with challenges such as aging and periods away from the ring. Recent displays hint at a resurgence in his abilities, exemplified by his victory at the Carabao Kun Khmer Friendly match. There, he compelled his Thai opponent to submit in the middle of round 2 with a devastating left leg kick.

    Opinions among fans are divided: some advocate for Sambo to retire from fighting, while others hold faith in his potential for a successful comeback, anticipating a strong return to form. Only time and future fights will reveal whether Sambo can indeed prove his resilience and reclaim his spot among the sport’s elite competitors.

    Born 1991
    From Phnom Penh
    Other Names The Little White Dragon
    Height 1. 70 m
    Weight 60kg, 65kg
    Style Kun Khmer
    Kun Krou Honoring the Teacher
    Stance Southpaw
    Boxing Gym Super Fight Gym of CRFA Boxing Association
    Trainer Phat Soda
    Years Active 2000?-Present
    Total 113
    Wins 78
    Losses 30
    Draws 05
    TKOs 29
    Last updated 31.05.2024
    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.