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Phum Saray

    Phum Saray (Khmer: ភុំ សារាយ), born in 1976, is a Kun Khmer fighter and coach from Banteay Meanchey Province known by the nickname “Flying Knee Striker”. With decades of experience in the ring and a wealth of knowledge to impart, Saray is a prominent figure in the world of Kun Khmer, both as a competitor and a mentor.

    Early Life and Entry into Kun Khmer

    Saray embarked on his Kun Khmer journey at the tender age of 9, along the Cambodia-Thailand border. Raised in a cross-cultural environment with a Cambodian father and Thai mother, Saray found himself drawn to the art of self-defense after witnessing childhood scuffles. His father, possessing martial arts skills, imparted foundational techniques to young Saray, setting him on the path to becoming a  fighter.

    The Journey to Mastery

    Phum Saray’s journey into the realm of Kun Khmer commenced when he courageously stepped into the ring at a tender age, barely 10 or 11 years old. While official records may reflect his fight count at just under 100, Saray himself recalls a tally surpassing 200 bouts, with roughly 70 of these engagements staged across the provinces of Thailand.

    Amidst the ebb and flow of challenges, including a hiatus spent farming alongside his parents in Thailand spanning approximately three years, Saray’s fervent devotion to the martial art remained unyielding. It was his enduring passion that served as the steadfast beacon, guiding his unwavering commitment through the highs and lows of his journey.

    Pinnacle Moments and Memorable Battles

    During his prime years in 2005 and 2006, Phum Saray made waves in the Kun Khmer scene with notable victories over formidable opponents such as Pich Sophan and Long Ches Sophal, both secured via TKO. Throughout his career, he engaged in memorable battles with renowned Kun Khmer fighters including Keo Rumchong, Long Sophy, Les Teok, Sarim Vanthorng, and Long Chey Sophal, among others.

    Transition to Coaching and Return to the Ring

    As Saray entered his 30s, he transitioned from active competition to a role as an assistant coach in Thailand, imparting his knowledge and expertise to many prominent Thai fighters. Despite this shift, Saray remained connected to his roots, periodically returning to Cambodia’s ring for occasional matches. Saray went through a long break and returned to the ring in 2013.

    At 40 years old, Saray remains a stalwart presence in both exhibition bouts with fellow seasoned fighters and high-stakes professional matches against international opponents. His enduring dedication not only elevates the spectacle for fans but also imparts invaluable wisdom drawn from years of combat experience.

    During his recent showdown against a formidable Laotian contender on March 2, 2024, Saray electrified the audience, commanding their attention with a performance that defied the passage of time. His remarkable display showcased a blend of skill, resilience, and sheer determination, leaving spectators on the edge of their seats and further solidifying his status as a true icon in the world of martial arts.


    Born 1984
    From Banteay Meanchey Province
    Other Names Flying Knee Striker
    Height 1.64m
    Weight 60 Kg
    Style Kun Khmer
    Stance Southpaw
    Boxing Gym KKIF
    Trainer Svay Sokhonn
    Kun Krou Honoring the Teacher
    Years Active 1986-Present
    Total 172
    Wins 131
    Losses 31
    Draws 10
    TKOs 50
    As of 02.03.2024 (KKIF BTV)
    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.