PHNOM PENH, Sept. 28 (Xinhua) -- Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said Monday that he was surprised with the ability of a 19-year Cambodian man who could bit his rival from the Philippines.
Speaking at the launching ceremony of Tourism Ministry's building, Hun Sen said he could not realize how strong the young Cambodian boxer only after he defeated his defender from the Philippines and who is a student of the world's champion.
Vi Savouth, 19, successfully challenged Pol Apolinaria for World Boxing Champion (WBC) from the Philippines with a 55.5 kg bout on Sunday night in Cambodia's capital of Phnom Penh.
Pol Apolinaria is known as a student of the World's Champion, Manny Pacquiao.
Vi Savouth joined with other two Cambodian boxers who also defeated their contenders from Brazil and Uganda.
Hun Sen said he had spent 5,000 U.S. dollars for the international boxing night which took place at Olympic national stadium with which he donated 1,000 U.S. dollars each to three Cambodian boxers fighting with international boxers and 500 U.S. dollars to each of other four Cambodian boxers challenging and defending their local titles.
Hun Sen also encouraged Monday to all Cambodian boxers and other athletes to train harder for the honor of the nation.
Editor: Fang Yang