Sunday, April 9, 2017

🥊 Thailand International Boxing Championship (Kings Cup) 2017

The Thailand International Boxing Championship (Kings Cup) was slated from April  3 to April 9. 

Southeast Asian boxers from Laos, Vietnam, Myanmar, Philippines and host Thailand participated in the high level boxing tournament. 

The first day of competition saw the Philippines as medal contender of the competition as it flawlessly won all their bouts. Unfortunately, on the second day of the competition, Philippine boxers suffered defeats against their rivals as only one boxer made thru the next round. 

It was Joel Bacho in the men's welterweight (69kg) category who reached the semifinals. He fought against Kazakhstan's Sadriddin Akhmedov but failed to win the match. Bacho settled for bronze medal and the only medal for team Philippines in this tournament.
On the other side, Thailand was assured of 6 medals as six Thai boxers advanced in the semifinal round. Of the six boxers, four reached the finals as the two boxers settled for bronze. 

The bronze medalists were Yaoddam Ammarit in the men's bantam weight (56kg) category and Tee Terapong in the 75kg class. 

In the last day of competition, Ongjunta Tanes won the men's flyweight (52kg) class title via walkover win against Uzbekistan boxer.

In the men's bantamweight (56kg) category, Butdee Chatchai of Thailand prevailed against his North Korean rival. He defeated Hyo Nam Jo with 5-0 cards.

Thailand continues its triumph in boxing as Masuk Wuttichai got all judges votes in men's light welter (64kg) class and won the gold medal. He defeated Uzbekistan's Elnur Aduraimov in the finals.

Unfortunately, Wongsuwan Somchay did not have the same fate as his fellow Thai boxers. Somchay failed to grabbed the title in the men's lightweight (60kg). He just settled for silver medal. Otgondalai Dorjnyambuu of Mongolia took the gold medal.

A total of 107 boxers from 18 countries participated in 10 weight class categories of this tournament. Only the Philippines and Thailand from Southeast Asia entered the medal tally board.

Philippines was the overall champion in boxing at the 2015 SEA Games in Singapore.

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