[PHOTOS] Vietnam vs Japan: Thanh Le, Kotetsu Boku fight at ‘ONE: Dreams of Gold’ in Bangkok, Thailand

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Vietnam, the United States and Japan were represented at “ONE: Dreams of Gold.” ONE Championship held the combat sports event at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand on August 16, 2019.

Featured on the “ONE: Dreams of Gold” card were seven mixed martial arts fights and seven ONE Super Series contests, which were three kickboxing matches and four Muay Thai contests. The eighth bout of the evening was between Thanh Le, 33, of Vietnam and the U.S. and former ONE Lightweight World Champion Kotetsu “No Face” Boku, 42, of Japan.

Including Japan, Vietnam and the U.S., 19 countries were represented at “ONE: Dreams of Gold.” The others were Brazil, Cambodia, China, Cuba, Cyprus, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Russia, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand and the United Kingdom.

Le solely represented Vietnam and was one of the two fighters who represented the U.S. Boku was one of the three fighters who represented Japan.

Blue Corner

Born as Park Kwang Cheol in Shizuoka, Japan on May 27, 1977, Boku has been competing professionally as a kickboxer since 2000 and as an MMA fighter since 2001. He joined ONE Championship in 2012.

“ONE: Dreams of Gold” marked Boku’s 13th ONE Championship bout. He is training out of Krazy Bee in Tokyo, Japan.

Red Corner

Born in Owensboro, Daviess County, Kentucky, USA to a Vietnamese father and an American mother, Le has been competing professionally since 2013. He is training out of 50/50 Jiu-Jitsu in Virginia, USA and Mid-City MMA in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.

“ONE: Dreams of Gold” marked Le’s second ONE Championship bout. In his promotional debut, he knocked out Yusup “Maestro” Saadulaev, 34, of Russia.


Le and Boku competed in an MMA match in the featherweight division. Olivier Coste served as the referee.

Coste put a stop to the strawweight contest after 1 minute and 28 seconds in the first round. Le knocked out Boku via right hook.

Winning at “ONE: Dreams of Gold” improved Le’s professional MMA record of 10 wins and 2 losses. On the other hand, Boku now has 26 wins, 14 losses and 2 draws.

Check the complete list of “ONE: Dreams of Gold” results on Conan Daily. Here is a recap:

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