Monday, January 14, 2013

BOXING: Sending boxers to three countries

Source: New Straits Times

THE Philippines is not known to be a training place for Malaysian boxers. But this year, Manny Pacquiao's country sounds like a good idea.

The Malaysian Amateur Boxing Federation (MABF) has decided to send its elite boxers for training-cum-competitions in the Philippines, England and Kazakhstan.

MABF honorary secretary Mohamad Jani Ismail said it was important to give the national boxers top-class training and sparring options if they are to perform well in the Myanmar Sea Games in December and the Glasgow Commonwealth Games and Asian Games next year.

"The boys lacked foreign exposure last year as only Khir Akyazlan Azmi and Mohd Farkhan Haron were sent for a short stint in Kazakhstan before the (Asian) Olympic qualifiers," said Mohamad Jani.

"We can just train the boys in Malaysia but without a variety of quality sparring partners, they tend to fall short during competitions as they become nervous due to lack of exposure.

"The boys will stay for three weeks at each of the locations and will train, spar and compete in local competitions there."

Mohamad Jani said each stint would serve a specific purpose with the camp in Kazakhstan in November set to be the final training camp for the boxers before they head to the Sea Games. The other stints in Philippines and England will be held in March and June respectively.

"In past years, we have sent the boys to train in Thailand but we have decided to make changes this year for variety.

"Philippines has a strong pool of boxers across the country and is also very active at club level. The cost of sending the boys there is also at an affordable level.

"The reason we also chose England is that we can familiarise ourselves with competing in a cold climate which is similar to Glasgow's.

"Kazakhstan is also known for its world class boxers and will be a good place for us to have our final preparation before the Sea Games."

Mohamad Jani said MABF expects the boxers to deliver at least two gold medals at the Sea Games this year.

Malaysia won two gold through Mohd Farkhan and Mohd Fairuz Azwan Abdullah in the 2009 Sea Games in Laos but did not win a single gold in Indonesia in 2011.

"We hope that with a much more comprehensive training programme this year, we will be able to match and if possible, exceed the two gold we won in Laos.

"We are also hoping for an improved performance at the Asian and Commonwealth Games next year."

A total of 18 boxers, selected from across the country, will undergo trials starting on Feb 4 at Keramat National Sports Complex. The squad will be trimmed to 12 men at the end of the month. By Fadhli Ishak
Mohd Farkhan Haron went for a training stint in Kazakhstan last year.

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