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Thun Vanna

    Thun Vanna (Khmer: ធន់ វណ្ណា), born in 2004 and better known by his ring moniker “The Gecko King” (Khmer: ស្តេចតុកែ), is a professional Kun Khmer fighter originally from Kratie Province, Cambodia. Vanna burst onto the Kun Khmer scene and rapidly ascended through its ranks, earning widespread acclaim for his masterful clinching techniques and unyielding stamina. His nickname, inspired by the gecko’s reputed ability to endure and adapt, perfectly encapsulates his approach in the ring.

    From a modest background, Vanna’s life took a pivotal turn when he was taken under the wing of revered Kun Khmer Master Thun Sophea at the RCAF Boxing Association. Under Sophea’s meticulous guidance, he honed his orthodox stance and fighting techniques, propelling him into the limelight of Kun Khmer fighting.

    Vanna is distinguished not only by his prowess in the ring but also by his impressive knockout rate, boasting 38 TKOs out of his 59 victories (as of 05 May 2024). This remarkable statistic highlights his striking power and tactical acumen, making him one of the most feared competitors in his weight class.

    Career Highlights

    Throughout his still-burgeoning career, Thun Vanna has faced numerous formidable opponents, including foreign fighters. However, his most notable bout came recently when he decided to face off against rising star Pich Sambath, known as “The Wild Buffalo
     with the condition to have a belt of the one defeated taken away. In this intense five-round battle, Vanna fought valiantly but ultimately losing by points, losing his only Krud Kun Khmer belt as well as ending a 30-fight undefeated streak. This rare defeat in his otherwise stellar record tested not only his physical skills but also his mental resilience, as he navigated the complexities of experiencing loss at such a high level for the first time. Sambath is known for his excellent stamina, but Vanna continued to exchange punches until the end of round five.

    Legacy and Future Prospects

    As of the last update in May 2024, Thun Vanna remains a pivotal figure in the world of Kun Khmer. His journey from the humble streets of Kratie to the bright lights of the national stage serves as an inspiration to many aspiring fighters across Cambodia and beyond. With many years still ahead in his career, the fighting community watches with bated breath as The Gecko King continues to build his legacy, one fight at a time.

    Born 2004
    From Kratie Province
    Nickname The Gecko King
    Height 1.70 m
    Weight 60kg
    Style Kun Khmer
    Stance Orthodox
    Kun Krou The Eagle Showing Off its Might
    Boxing Gym RCAF Boxing Association
    Trainer Thun Sophea
    Years Active - Present
    Total 71
    Wins 61
    Losses 10
    Draws 0
    TKOs 39
    Last updated 23.05.2024
    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.