Kun Khmer, also called Prodal Serey, or Cambodian kickboxing, is Cambodia's national sport and follows a long tradition. Some claim, controversially, that Muay Thai originated in Kun Khmer. Fights are scheduled on nearly all Cambodian TV stations three days a week.
Necessity and poverty are often the initial incentive for young uneducated Cambodian men to start fighting, even though prize money is relatively low in Cambodia.
For a normal fight the boxers can expect to make between 50$ and 100$. International fights feature far higher prizes.
Beyond monetary gain, however, it is fame and a taste for victory that soon infects young fighters.
Famous for one day or one year, they will do everything to achieve their goal: being a champion.