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Lor Samnang

    Lor Samnang (Khmer: ឡោ សំណាង) is a retired Kun Khmer fighter, originally from Kandal Province and then raised in Battambang Province until his settlement in Phnom Penh.

    Early Life and Entry into Kun Khmer

    Despite lacking a lineage of boxing relatives, Lor Samnang’s passion for martial arts, inspired by senior fighters like the legendary Pich Bunthoeun, led him to begin training in Kun Khmer in 1997 under masters Chea Tong and Yim Yoeung at Battambang Stadium. The sense of belonging he felt under their guidance fueled his dedication, culminating in his first match at the age of 18, where he secured a TKO victory in the 51kg weight class. This initial triumph ignited his devotion to Kun Khmer, prompting a year of further challenges in both Battambang and the Cambodia-Thailand border rings before his relocation to Phnom Penh in 1998, facilitated by an introduction from Phin Sophal. In Phnom Penh, he trained under kickboxing trainer Vaen Sophal and later under master Troeung Sos Say.

    Illustrious Boxing Career

    In Phnom Penh, Lor Samnang’s talent flourished, earning him his first televised match just two months into his training. His victory in that match against Chantha Phouthong set the stage for a remarkable career filled with numerous local titles and belts. Over the years, he faced formidable opponents such as Voy Chandara, Nuon Phearak, and Pich Bunthoeun, showcasing his skill and tenacity in the ring. Samnang claimed his first belt in 2006 at an event organized by CTN.

    Retirement and Comeback

    Tragically, Lor Samnang’s career was momentarily derailed by a severe traffic accident in May 2023, necessitating brain surgery. However, with the generous support of his fans and benefactors, including former Prime Minister Hun Sen, he made a full recovery. Now, with his return to intensive training, a comeback to the ring is imminent, signaling the continuation of his inspiring journey in Kun Khmer.

    Born 1982
    From Kandal Province
    Nickname The Fierce Tiger
    Height 1.66m
    Weight 57Kg, 54Kg
    Style Kun Khmer
    Stance Orthodox
    Boxing Gym KKIF
    Trainer Vaen Sophal, Troeung Sos Say, Svay Sokhonn
    Years Active 1997-Present
    Total 200
    Wins 192
    Losses 07
    Draws 01
    TKOs 60
    As of 25.05.2024 (KKIF +the athlete)
    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.