It looks like the people at Elite boxing are getting behind Lethwei. Lethwei a traditional fighting art from Myanmar. Like Muay Thai, some aspects of Lethwei have been changed in order to make it a ring “sport”, despite this It looks like this off shoot is sticking to tradition… opting for wrapped hands instead of traditional boxing gloves.
From this promo clip it looks like they’re playing up the fact that you can slam your opponents. According to wikipedia, the rules states that if a boxer is knocked out they’re revived and given an option to continue the bout… brutal. Doesn’t sound like those rules are going to be used in States anytime soon.
I’m not sure what eliteboxing is trying to do, if they are going to be actively promoting matches or if they’re attempting to sell old finds from Mynamar. The Burmese have had a very tumultuous history. It appears their government has noticed the popularity of Muay Thai in Thailand, with an international audience. They’ve been making efforts to market it internationally.
Has anyone trained in Myanmar? Has anyone participating in a Lethwei style bout?
You can buy a stream or download? of the fights from the eliteboxing website.