WLC crowns first female Lethwei champion Souris Manfredi

World Lethwei Championship (WLC), the world’s largest bareknuckle fighting organisation, hosted WLC: HIDEOUT BATTLE, the first Myanmar sports spectacle to be broadcast globally in the post-pandemic era. In the main event, Souris Manfredi made history as the first female lethwei world champion by defeating Spain’s Maisha Katz via TKO to become the first Women’s Bantamweight World Lethwei Champion. Souris Manfredi was effective in her straight punches that consistently broke through Maisha Katz’s guard. At the end of the fourth round, the referee stopped the fight, awarding Manfredi the TKO victory and the Women’s Bantamweight World Lethwei Championship.  

In the co-main event, Myanmar’s So Mi Ong Luktupfah and Uzbekistan’s Artur Te put on a spectacle with a back-and-forth contest that So Mi Ong Luktupfah ultimately won via split decision. Both athletes went back and forth throughout the entire bout with incredible precision and athleticism. Ultimately, So Mi Ong Luktupfah managed to knock down Artur Te multiple times and proved to be the difference in a split decision victory.

Full results of WLC: HIDEOUT BATTLE

  • Women’s Bantamweight 51 to 54kg – Souris Manfredi (France) defeats Maisha Katz (Spain) via TKO (Referee Stoppage) at 3:00 in round 4 to become Women’s Bantamweight World Lethwei Champion
  • Bantamweight 51 to 54kg  – So Mi Ong Luktupfah defeats Artur Te via Split Decision
  • Middleweight 71 to 75kg – Kristof Kirsch defeats Gligor Stojanov via Unanimous Decision
  • Bantamweight 51 to 54kg  – Nabil Anane defeats Saw Phoe Khwar via Unanimous Decision
  • Light Welterweight 60 to 63.5kg – Sherzod Kabutov defeats Nakha via Unanimous Decision
  • Welterweight 63.5 to 67kg – Omar Mahir defeats Tophik Abdullaev via KO at 1:24 in round 1
  • Featherweight 54 to 57kg – Myagmasuren Borkhuu defeats Nur Muhammad at 2:20 in round 4

Photos credit WLC