47 years ago on this day – ASBC EC member Syed Abdul Kadir attended also at the 1973 Asian Boxing Championships which was held in the same venue as in 2019
The 1973 edition of the Asian Men’s Elite Boxing Championships was held in Bangkok, Thailand 47 years ago on this day. Eleven weight classes were held in the 1973 edition, boxers from the light flyweight (48kg) up to the heavyweight (+81kg) could attend in Bangkok. Thailand, the host country won five gold medals in the continental event and became the most successful country in 1973.
Following the 1971 Tehran edition, the next Asian Men’s Elite Boxing Championships was held in Bangkok, Thailand in 1973. The event was also preparation before the Tehran 1974 Asian Games and the first AIBA World Boxing Championships which took place in Havana one year later.
The venue of the 1973 Asian Boxing Championships was the Kittikachorn Stadium which was built for the Bangkok 1966 Asian Games. Later the indoor stadium’s name was changed to Huamark which is a well-known venue in the fans of the Asian Boxing Confederation. The last 2019 edition of the ASBC Asian Elite Boxing Championships was also held at the Huamark Indoor Stadium.
Thailand claimed five gold medals and topped the medal rankings in Bangkok, while Iran and South Korea both earned two titles in the continental event. The Indians and the Indonesians won one weight class each in the 1973 Asian Boxing Championships. Japan, Sri Lanka, Republic of China, Brunei, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore were on the medal table with at least one bronze medal increasing the number of medallist nations up to 12.
The smallest three weight classes were won by Thai boxers as Prathorn Likhasit, Maitree Netamanee and Dorn Namvichit. These local boxers defeated Sri Lanka’s Lorensz De Kauwe, India’s Munich 1972 Olympian Charender Narayanan and Iran’s Abdollatif Etmanzadeh in their finals. Singapore’s Commonwealth Games bronze medallist and Olympian boxer Syed Abdul Kadir was quarter-finalist at the light flyweight (48kg) in Bangkok. Currently he is the President of their National Association and member of the ASBC Executive Committee.
Iran’s Jabbar Feli was 23 by the time of the 1973 Asian Boxing Championships and the Air Force member boxer won the featherweight (57kg) in Bangkok before his silver at the Tehran 1974 Asian Games. His teammate Abdol Reza Andaveh won the title of the heavyweight (+81kg) following his success over India’s Mohamed Aslam.
South Korea’s Munich 1972 Olympian Kim Tai Ho had a tough final against Thailand’s Vichit Praianan at the lightweight (60kg) but the 21-year-old boxer was enough strong to manage his success 47 years ago. Indonesia’s lone title in Bangkok was achieved by Frans Van Bronckhorst at the welterweight (67kg) before Munich 1972 Olympian Rabieb Sangnual won Thailand’s fifth success in the Asian Boxing Championships.
List of the winners in the Bangkok 1973 Asian Boxing Championships
48kg: Prathorn Likhasit, Thailand
51kg: Maitree Netamanee, Thailand
54kg: Dorn Namvichit, Thailand
57kg: Jabbar Feli, Iran
60kg: Kim Tai Ho, South Korea
63.5kg: Kasem Prapaisri, Thailand
67kg: Frans Van Bronckhorst, Indonesia
71kg: Rabieb Sangnual, Thailand
75kg: Kim Sung Chul, South Korea
81kg: Mehtab Singh, India
+81kg: Abdol Reza Andaveh, Iran
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