|Thai boxer Chatchai Butdee (Right)|
2015 SEA Games boxing over-all champion Philippines and boxing powerhouse Thailand will not just only focus at the upcoming 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games but also focusing at the World Championships in Germany.
The Philippines and Thailand has always been the countries to watch when it comes to boxing among the SEA nations. The Philippines at the last SEA Games in Singapore produced five golds while Thailand had lone gold medal. And these two teams always give good fights at the Asian and World Championships levels.
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But this coming August, it will be hard for both Philippines and Thailand whose boxers they will send for the 2017 SEA Games and for the World Championships. The Kuala Lumpur SEA Games is almost coinciding with the World Championships. SEA Games will be contested from August 19-31 while the world championships will be played from August 25 to September 5.
The Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines (ABAP) and the Thailand Boxing Association (TBA) will surely divide its boxers into two sets of teams for both important boxing tournaments.
The Thailand team has its new Cuban coach who arrived last November 2016. They are training hard for other international tournaments in preparation for SEA Games and for the World Championships.
On the other hand, the Philippines is also on its training facilities in a high altitude place where it camped its boxers before going to several tournament abroad in preparation also for SEA Games and the World Championships.
At the 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games, only 6 weight categories will be featured for men's events and each country is only allowed to send four boxers in this SEA Games edition. While the women's events were removed by SEA Games organizing committee.
Host Malaysia did not win any medal at the 2015 SEA Games while it had 1 silver medal and three bronze medals at the 2013 Myanmar SEA Games.
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- Fahad T.