Famed Cambodian kickboxer busted in Thailand for allegedly using meth

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Cambodian kickboxer Sok Thy, who is currently pursuing a career in Thailand, has been arrested on charges of using methamphetamine.

Thai police searched Thy also known as Kaka in front of a gas station on Tuesday evening and found five methamphetamine pills hidden in his bag.

Thy confessed to buying methamphetamine from a drug dealer in Rangsit Khlong 1 village in Thailand, after which police arrested him.

Thy was sent for a urine test at Noppharat Rajathanee Hospital and declared to be meth-positive.

The 21-year-old was born into a poor family in O’Prasat village, O’Prasat commune, Mongkul Borei district, Banteay Meanchey province.

His father and mother are working as construction workers in Thailand. Over the years, Thy became famous in Cambodia and is also well known in the Thai boxing circuit.

One of his boxing club friends, who asked not to be named, said yesterday that before he was arrested, Thy was having some problems with his Thai wife and also damaging the club’s reputation and disrupting training.

Thy’s family problems intensified, forcing the boxing club owner to order him to leave the club and stopped accepting him for further training. He left the club but repeatedly kept coming back to the club, asking to be allowed to train again.

The club owner refused to accept him. On one occasion, Thy refused to leave the club and the club owner called in the Thai police. Thy left the place and was walking near the gas station when he was arrested.

The club mate claimed that Thy was not a drug addict or seller and that he had only been using marijuana, which is allowed for medication in Thailand, because he was depressed.

“Sok Thy’s depression caused him to lose everything. He should go back to Cambodia because he is young and may have the opportunity to change his life,” he said.

Banteay Meanchey Provincial police chief Major General Sith Loh said yesterday that he had received news of the arrest through the social media, but there was no official information from the Thai side.

While in Cambodia, Thy took part in fights organised by ONE Championship. He became the Kun Khmer Flyweight World Champion.

ONE Championship said on their Website that being a huge fan of Kun Khmer, Thy’s father sent him and an older brother to a live-in training camp when he was just seven years old.

A phenomenally hard worker, Thy already has hundreds of bouts under his belt, despite being just 21 years of age.

Besides capturing both the national and World Titles in Kun Khmer, he was also the first Cambodian to compete and win in Thailand’s famed Tiger Cement Muay Thai Tournament in 2016.

When in Cambodia, Thy also trains at Cambodian Top Team under head coach Chan Reach and Kun Khmer trainer San Saoyan.