Home town fighters shine at 3rd Bau Muay Thai Championship

Heendrew's hand is raised in victory after winning one of his fights.

BAU, July 31: The third edition of the Bau Muay Thai Championship held last weekend ended on a high note as 66 fighters representing more than 12 clubs gathered to test their skills and build friendships and ties.

According to a press release, homegrown Bau Muaythai Club (BMC), which was both host and also one of the competing clubs, saw six wins in eight fights (seven fighters in total), giving the home crowd much to cheer about over the two-day event held at the Bau Bus Terminal.

From left: Heendrew, Elia and Jordan.

In the Pro Male Open 68kg category, Heendrew Lois (BMC) showed no signs of ring rust after a long break from competing, with two definitive wins. On Saturday, he scored a KO over Fais Rabiee (Muaythai Kenyalang) in the third round. He followed this up on Sunday with a TKO over Romould Ruiz (Kelab Phoenix Meranek) in the second round to clinch the title.

In the Pro Male Open 65kg category, Jordan Bokoet Herman (BMC) notched a victory with a first round TKO against Alexis Akang (Team Karabaw Sabah). Jordan is fresh from winning his weight category at the National Inter-Club Muaythai Championships held in Johor in June.

In the Pro Female Open 59kg category, Elia Zonia (BMC) won a close contest by split decision against Dolphina Walter (SS Fighters).

The day before, in the Amateur Youth 14-15, 51-54kg category, Bryan Anderson (BMC) won his fight against Matthews Hii (D30) while in the Amateur Female Open, 51-54kg category, Casilda Boroeng Herman IBMC) got a win against Nur Azirah (Sting Muaythai).

Mordi (standing centre) in a photo-call with fighters and event representatives on Saturday. Herman is on his right.
Henry (centre) in a photo-call with (from left) Herman, Elia, Jordan and Heendrew.

BMC president and coach Herman Barin also had high praise for their youth fighters Roger Deneg and Roddick Singai for putting on a good showing.

The event was organised by BMC and supported by Persatuan Muaythai Sarawak and Persatuan Muaythai Kuching.

Herman expressed their deepest thanks to Mas Gading MP Mordi Bimol and Tasik Biru assemblyman Datuk Henry Harry Jinep for gracing the opening and closing ceremonies respectively and also for spending time with the fighters, coaches and event volunteers. Mordi also provided funds for BMC to host this year’s event.

The local muay thai and community spirit was crucial in making the event a success, Herman shared.

“We would also like to thank our friends and other clubs who sponsored drinks like 100plus and drinking water, as well as for financial support to run the event.”

He also expressed gratitude to all the fighters and clubs, medical team, referees, officials, emcee, logistics crew, local authorities, parents, supporters and members of the public who came out in force to ensure a successful event.

Mordi (seated second right) watches an armwrestling contest. On his right is SASA president Matthew Barin.

There was also an armwrestling competition held on Sunday at the same venue by Sarawak Armwrestling Association (SASA) which was well received by the public, which even saw Mordi giving the sport a go. — DayakDaily