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World Lethwei Championship - WLC is the first media property to combine the excitement of world-class sports action with an enriching cultural experience.

Since its inception, World Lethwei Championship has become the first media property ever created in Myanmar to be available globally. It is currently broadcast live globally to more than 100 million potential viewers.

Culture Experience:

  • Traditional Ceremonial Offering
  • Traditional Outfits
  • Traditional Orchestra
  • Introduciton to Host City and its attractions

Sport Entertainment Experience:

  • Amazing World Class Sport Actions
  • Celebrities Appearances
  • Music Festival (Concert) Atmosphere
  • Live Music Entertainments
  • Pyrotechnics mixes of Light Effects and Visual Flashback.


Lethwei is a Burmese bareknuckle combat sport that is created nearly a millennium ago in modern day Myanmar. Archaeological data dates the earliest form of lethwei to the Pyu Period, which lasted till the mid-11th century. Evidence of early lethwei-style fights can be spotted in the temples of Bagan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Today, lethwei is practiced throughout Myanmar and many parts of the world. It is widely considered the most effective striking martial art. 







Zay Thiha is the founder and chairman of World Lethwei Championship, the world’s biggest bareknuckle fighting organisation. Zay Thiha is a reputable businessman in Myanmar and currently holds the role of Vice Chairman in Zaykabar Company Limited. He has has held roles in the Myanmar Archery Federation and Myanmar Equestrian Federation and has now set his sights on growing the sport of lethwei on a global scale.




Sein Phyo Hlaing is the vice-chairman of World Lethwei, a position he held since the company’s founding in 2016. Prior to WLC, he has 10 years of elite level event management experience with the biggest events in Myanmar. Sein Phyo Hlaing studied in medicine and oversees the organisation’s world-class medical standards and the safety of athletes. He is also extensively involved in modernizing Lethwei Events.




Gerald Ng is a fast-rising sports professional with a decade of elite sports management and media experience. He leads the day-to-day operations of the organisation, including international expansion, shareholder management and broadcast reach. Ng previously held roles in sports broadcast with Eleven Sports Network and One Championship.


Zaw Zaw


Zaw Zaw is a Burmese businessman with diversified interests across Myanmar. He is currently the chairman of Sein Man Myay Manufacture Company Limited and executive director of World Lethwei Championship.


Joe Kai Yi


Joe Kai Yi was born and raised in Burma. He continued his education in Singapore and the United States. While attending Cypress College pursuing a degree in international business, he decided to return to Burma to join his family businesses in mining and gemstones trading in 2009. He later found his interests in sports entertainment industry and property investment opportunities in Burma and Cambodia. Joe co-founded World Lethwei Championship with chairman and founder U Zay Thiha in 2016.


Zin Min Lwin


Zin Min Lwin is a Burmese businessman currently based out of Mandalay, Myanmar. He is the director of charcoal mining company Saint Nay Min Company Limited and executive director of World Lethwei Championship.