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Vietnam’s Thanh Le earns 2nd ONE Championship win, knocks out Kotetsu Boku at ‘ONE: Dreams of Gold’ in Bangkok, Thailand

Thanh Le, Olivier Coste, Kotetsu Boku (©ONE Championship)

Thanh Le, Olivier Coste, Kotetsu Boku (©ONE Championship)

Representing Vietnam and the United States, Thanh Le, 33, was one of the winners at “ONE: Dreams of Gold.” It was the Vietnamese-American mixed martial artist’s second victory in ONE Championship.

Featuring MMA, kickboxing and Muay Thai, “ONE: Dreams of Gold” took place at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand on August 16, 2019. In the eighth bout of the evening, Le fought former ONE Lightweight World Champion Kotetsu “No Face” Boku, 42, of Japan in an MMA match in the featherweight division.

Olivier Coste served as the referee. Dom Lau was the cage announcer while Michael Schiavello and Mitch Chilson were the commentators.

The hard-charging featherweight capped off a three-strike combination with a right hook that landed flush on Boku’s chin. This sent the former ONE Lightweight World Champion to the mat.

Le followed up with one more hammerfist on the ground. Coste put a stop to the strawweight contest after 1 minute and 28 seconds in the first round when the Vietnamese-American knockout artist 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.

Currently based in Metairie, Louisiana, USA, Le is training out of 50/50 Jiu-Jitsu in Virginia, USA and Mid-City MMA in New Orleans, Louisiana. He is a former Legacy Fighting Allliance Featherweight Champion.

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.

“ONE: Dreams of Gold” marked the second ONE Championship bout of Le. When he made his promotional debut at “ONE: For Honor” at the Istora Senayan in Jakarta, Indonesia on May 4, 2019, he knocked out Yusup Saadulaev, 34, of Russia via knee.

More photos of the bout between Le and Saadulaev are on Top Sports Asia. Watch the “ONE: Dreams of Gold” recap here:

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