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Thoeun Theara

    Thoeun Theara (Khmer: ធឿន ធារ៉ា), born on January 1, 1998, in the province of Prey Veng, emerges as an imposing force in the world of Kun Khmer, renowned by his formidable moniker, Nak Leng Pu Thao Dai, translating to “the Axe Man.” Theara has captivated audiences with his thrilling performances, especially with his devastating fists.

    Early Life

    Born in Sdav Village in Prey Kandieng Commune, Peam Ro District, Prey Veng Province, Theara grew up as the only son in a family of four children. Driven by financial challenges, he migrated to Thailand with his parents during his childhood, where he witnessed his father’s hard work as a woodcutter in Saraburi Province.

    Kun Khmer’s Journey

    In 2016, Theara embarked on his Kun Khmer journey, inspired by the legendary fighters of previous generations. While there were no family ties to the martial art, Theara’s dedication and passion for Kun Khmer set him on a remarkable path.

    After spending two years in Thailand building his reputation, Theara returned to Cambodia in mid-2020. However, his comeback initially faced setbacks as he had to take a hiatus after just four fights due to an injury.

    Career Peak

    The turning point in Theara’s career arrived at the close of 2022 during the prestigious Thai King’s title competition. Here, Theara showcased his expertise with a precise elbow strike against Saiyok Sakchainrong, inflicting a significant cut on Sakchainrong’s right eye, resulting in severe bleeding and a doctor’s stoppage. This victory propelled him to new heights, firmly establishing him as one of Cambodia’s top Kun Khmer fighters.

    In a recent highlight, Theara participated in an 8-man tournament organized by Town Full HD TV, featuring commentary from UFC commentators. Despite facing three formidable foreign opponents and engaging in three matches within a few hours, Theara demonstrated his prowess. Firstly, securing victory in the first match by judge’s decision, he truly displayed his dominance in the semi-final and final matches, where he decisively knocked down his adversaries with his deadly fists.

    For his outstanding performance, Theara was awarded a pickup car by the sponsor and received substantial monetary support from fans and other sponsors, further solidifying his status as a celebrated athlete in Cambodia’s combat sports scene.

    Thoeun Theara posed for a photo

    Boasting a remarkable tally of over 130 bouts, Theara experiences 27 losses, and 6 draws, but notably, 61 of his triumphs have been secured through TKOs, many from his deadly fists and elbow strikes.

    The journey that propelled Theara from a challenging childhood to his current status as a celebrated Kun Khmer fighter adds a compelling narrative to his career. As an all-encompassing fighter, Theara seamlessly melds a diverse set of skills, incorporating punches, knees, elbows, and kicks into his arsenal. He consistently approaches each contest fearlessly, giving his all with unwavering strength and sportsmanship. This multifaceted approach contributes to the electrifying and dynamic nature of his performances, ensuring that each bout featuring Theara is an entertaining spectacle not to be missed.

    At the Reachsey Kun Khmer Marathon Championship in the 72kg weight class, Thoeun Theara made an explosive entrance by knocking out South Korean fighter Kim Hyunjun in the midst of the first round of their bout. This impressive victory propelled Theara to the final showdown against Pavel Grishanovich, who had similarly triumphed in his initial match against Iranian fighter Hassan Cyrus. In a thrilling finale, Theara showcased his dominance, securing a TKO victory in the late stages of the third round. With this decisive win, Theara was crowned the champion of the Marathon Championship in the 72kg weight category.

    Forbes Recognition

    In May 2024, Thoeun Theara received acclaim by being named on Forbes’ ’30 Under 30 – Asia – Entertainment & Sports’ list, solidifying his status as a symbol of success in his Kun Khmer journey.

    Born January 1, 1998
    From Prey Veng Province
    Nationality Cambodian
    Height 1.75 m
    Weight 72 kg
    Other Names – Nak Leng Puthao Dai – Keng Pikheat
    Style Kun Khmer
    Stance Orthodox
    Kun Krou Honoring the teacher
    Boxing Gym Sor Somaly Kun Khmer
    Trainer Sor Somaly
    Years Active 2016- Present
    Total 137
    Wins 104
    Losses 27
    Draws 06
    TKOs 63
    Last Updated 13.04.2024 (Town HDTV)
    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.


    Professional Kun Khmer record

    Total fights 136, 102 wins (62 (T)KOs), 27 losses, 6 draws
    Date Result Opponent Event Location Method Round Time
    14/03/2024 Win 🇧🇾 Pavel Grishanovich Ganzberg’s Four-Man Marathon Takeo, Cambodia TKO 3 3:00
    14/03/2024 Win 🇰🇷 Kim Hyunjun Ganzberg’s Four-Man Marathon Takeo, Cambodia KO 1  
    19/01/2024 Win 🇨🇳 Jiao Zhou Kungfu Ganzberg Kun Khmer-Kungfu Phnom Penh KO 1 2:50
    31/12/2023 Win 🇲🇦 Sofian Champion Kun Khmer Phnom Penh TKO 3 1:00
    5/11/2023 Win 🇧🇷 Daniel Torres Wurkz Kun Khmer Warriors Phnom Penh KO 2 1:42
    20/10/2023 Win 🇮🇷 Aboofazei Goodarzi Kubota Kun Khmer Champion Phnom Penh KO 2 1:10
    10/9/2023 Win 🇧🇾 Nikita Gerasisimovich Kun Khmer Grand Champion Phnom Penh TKO 2 0:25
    16/07/2023 Win 🇷🇴 Alex Bublea Techo Santepheap Kun Khmer World Champion Phnom Penh TKO 1 0:50
    26/02/2023 Win 🇲🇦 Oussama Elkouche Krud Championship Final Phnom Penh KO 2 0:52
    8/4/2023 Win 🇹🇭 Kangmuang Chhang Wurkz World Kun Khmer Fight Kampot, Cambodia Decision 3 3:00
    18/02/2023 Win 🇹🇭 Petchmai Krud Championship Semi-Final Phnom Penh KO 1 0:07
    11/2/2023 Win 🇰🇭  🇧🇷 Thiago Teixeira IPCC World Champion Kun Khmer Svay Rieng, Cambodia KO 4 0:06
    29/01/2023 Draw 🇹🇭 Sammy Banchamek Krud Kun Khmer Phnom Penh Draw 5  
    02/10/2021 Loss 🇰🇭 Prom Samnang CNC Boxing Phnom Penh Decision 5 3:00
    14/01/2021 Win 🇰🇭 Chheang Lvei Madrid Kun Khmer Phnom Penh Decision 5 5:00
    Professional Muaythai record
    15 wins, 5 loss, 3 draws  
    Date Result Opponent Event Location Method Round Time  
    24/12/2022 Win 🇹🇭 Saiyok Pumpanmuang Thai Fight Champion – King Rama X Bangkok KO 1 2:42  
    14/4/2019 Win 🇹🇭 Boonlong Puyfourman Max Muay Thai Ultimate Bangkok KO 3 1:35  
    24/02/2019 Loss 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 Luke Bar Max Muay Thai Ultimate Bangkok Decision 3    
    06/05/2018 Loss 🇹🇭 Kitti Sor.Jor.Danrayong Max Muay Thai Ultimate Bangkok KO 2 00:10  
    27/03/2018 Win  🇹🇭 Petchtongchai Sor Seubsak Max Muay Thai Ultimate Bangkok KO 2 0:25  
    26/03/2018 Win 🇹🇭 Numkabuan Kiatnavy Max Muay Thai Ultimate Bangkok KO 2 0:38