Multiple time Swedish Muay Thai champion Mathias Jonsson and Australian national champion Ray J Virajahntorn have signed with the World Lethwei Championship (WLC).
In recent times, the WLC has taken its scouting efforts worldwide in a bid to snap up some of the world’s most ferocious competitors. Despite the sport of Lethwei often being perceived as barbaric and unprofessional, numerous fighters have opted to sign with the promotion, including the likes of Toby Bindon and Poland’s own Artur Saladiak. On May 21, The Body Lock was informed that both Mathias Jonsson and Ray J Virajahntorn have inked a deal with the Burmese-based promotion.
Jonsson will be the first Swedish fighter to enter the ranks of the World Lethwei Championship and is expected to bring a non-stop, grueling pace to the ring. As for Virajahntorn, he spent the majority of his in Mon State, Myanmar, before relocating to Australia. This deal with the WLC has gifted him the chance to return to the land he once called home.
WLC chairman Zay Thiha released the following statement on the two new signees.
“World Lethwei Championship is the home of the best striking martial arts in the world and it is my pleasure to welcome these champions into our stable of world-class athletes. I expect them to represent the company well and showcase their skills in the World Lethwei Championship ring to excite our fans in the near future!”
“I am excited to be a part of the World Lethwei Championship organization,” said Jonsson. “Lethwei fans around the world will see me put on the most exciting fights that they have seen.”
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it is unknown when the pair will make their highly anticipated debut.