On the ropes

On the ropes

mae Sot, Thailand
April 13/05
Burmese and Thai fighters mix it up on the ropes during a rousing battle of the two countries on the border. The battle went to a draw in the semi-fianl match of Muay Thai bare-knuckle fighting on the Thai-Burma border.
The fighting form is a mix of Muay – Thai and Burmese Lethwei boxing, blended to create a lethal fighting style known as Muay Kad Cheuk. The hands of the combatants are wrapped with a mix of gauze and hemp rope. The finished covering provides a minimum of protection on the hands and a maximum of impact on the opposition.
Traditionally, the Burmese fights are 4 rounds with the final round ending only after one of the opponents can fight no longer due to a knockout or excessive bleeding to the head