By Ernest Hernandez
Filipino-Australian kickboxing champion Michael Badato aims for history as the first ever World Lethwei Champion on November 4 at WLC: Legendary Champions in Myanmar.
Lethwei uses a traditional form of Burmese martial art featuring punches, kicks, elbows, knees and headbutts. This is regarded as the purest form of striking martial arts in the world.
Badato was born in the Philippines but moved to Australia when he was still an infant. He would occasionally visit his family.
“It’s super exciting for me to be able to get back into action after not fighting for a year,” said Badato. “I spent that time with my family but now, I can’t wait to step back into the ring and show why I’m the best Middleweight on the planet.”
Standing in the way of Badato is the top fighter in lethwei, Too Too.
A decorated striker, Too Too has never lost when competing under lethwei rules. He holds an impressive record of 35 wins and 13 draws. This includes a convincing win over Eddie Farrell and James Benal who he previously faced.
“I was at the last event, one of my boys competed and I had the chance to witness Too Too in action. He is very good and I was impressed so I’m really looking forward to this fight.”
“It will be a tough challenge but I think I can leave with that amazing World Lethwei Championship belt around my waist,” he added.