Monday, September 25, 2017

Knee injury sidelines Lethwei champ

Myanmar traditional lethwei first class fighter Tun Tun Min must rest for five months, which means he will miss the world lethwei championship on May 5, because of a knee injury.

Tun Tun Min is likely to be out of action for another five months. Nyan Zay Htet / The Myanmar TimesTun Tun Min is likely to be out of action for another five months. Nyan Zay Htet / The Myanmar Times

He injured the knee last December against Canadian fighter Dave Leduc in the Air KBZ Aunglan lethwei challenge fight, which has forced the local hero to be inactive for the past 3 months.

The traditional open champion returned to ring in March against England’s Nicholas Carter, whom he knocked out in the first round. But his knee was giving him problems and he decided to rest after the fight.

“Although I won, my knee wasn’t 100 per cent in the last fight. I have decided to have an operation and maybe five months rest time,” Tun Tun Min told The Myanmar Times.

Tun Tun Min will go to Bangkok for the knee operation today. This 27th SEA Games gold medalist has a one-year contract with Myanmar Lekkha Moun Company for six fights this year, but he’ll miss a lot of them because of the knee trouble.

“He needs to rest and have medical treatment to return to fighting. We don’t know exactly how long it will take. He is Lekkha Moun’s player, and we’ll support him for a quick recovery from his injury,” said U Aung Thu from Lekkha Moun.

Tun Tun Min told his fans, “I’ll return to the lethwei ring quickly. I want to tell my fans to watch my former bouts when they miss me. I have a debt to my fans after losing to Dave Leduc last December. When I recover from the injury, I want to challenge and fight again with Dave Leduc.”

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