ASBC Heroes – Thailand’s ASBC Asian Women’s Youth Champion Baison Manikon who qualified for the Tokyo Olympic Games before her 19th birthday

Thailand’s third female gold medal at the Ulaanbaatar 2019 ASBC Asian Youth Boxing Championships was achieved by Baison Manikon at the women’s welterweight (69kg) following Panpatchara Somnuek’s and Porntip Buapa’s successes. Thailand’s Baison Manikon is one of our ASBC Heroes who has already qualified for the Tokyo Olympic Games before her 19th birthday.

Baison Manikon was born in Kalasin Province in Thailand on the 7th of November in 2001 and began boxing only four years ago. The southpaw boxer joined to the national team on January 2018 and trains seriously hard, 30 hours per week in Saraburi. Cream, which is her nickname, likes the pop music and the papaya salad while her father is the most influential person in her boxing career besides to Thailand’s Olympic Champion Wijan Ponlid.

Baison Manikon competed first internationally at the Bangkok 2018 ASBC Asian Youth Boxing Championships and qualified for the Budapest AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships. She earned her first international tournament title at the Balkan Women’s Cup in Bulgaria two years ago.

Manikon was excellent at the strong Golden Girl Box Cup in Sweden where she earned gold medal on January 2019. She advanced to the final of the Bornemissza Youth Memorial Tournament in Eger, Hungary on June 2019 and achieved another important silver medal before the Ulaanbaatar 2019 ASBC Asian Youth Boxing Championships.

Following India’s Vinka’s gold medal at the women’s light welterweight (64kg), another exciting final was held at the welterweight (69kg) in Ulaanbaatar. In the last four Kazakhstan’s ASBC Asian Women’s Youth Boxing Championships silver medallist Maiya Beisebayeva eliminated India’s Arundhati Choudhary who was the Best ASBC Asian Women’s Junior Boxer in the Year of 2018.

Beisebayeva had difficulties in the final against Thailand’s tall Baison Manikon who was stronger than her Uzbek opponent, Khadijabonu Abdullaeva in the semi-finals. The referee counted the Kazakh boxer in the second and third rounds therefore the difference became high between them and Manikon won the title in the Mongolian capital. The 18-year-old Thai talent was named as the Best Woman Boxer of the Ulaanbaatar 2019 ASBC Asian Youth Boxing Championships.

She was quickly involved to the elite national team and the 18-year-old welterweight (69kg) boxer impressed in the Qualification Event with her amazing bronze medal. The Thai teenager is the youngest one among all boxers who qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games through the Asian & Oceanian Olympic Boxing Qualifying Event which was held in Amman. Manikon was born in 2001 and she is the lone boxer from that age group who has qualified for the Olympic Games.

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