Malaysia’s 17-year-old Muhammad Rasdenal Haikal opened his campaign with top performance at the Penang Pesta Tournament
The new edition of the Penang Trade Fair International Tournament or shortly known as Penang Pesta continued with its second competition day in Malaysia. Malaysia’s best youth and elite boxers as Muhammad Rasdenal Haikal and Muhamad Fuad Bin Mohamed Redzuan both were excellent on Day2 in Penang.
The competition period of the Penang Trade Fair International Tournament is between December 27 and 31 and the event is recognized for men’s elite and men’s youth boxers. Twelve elite and nine youth contests were held in the second competition day of the Penang Trade Fair International Tournament where the winners advanced to the last four.
The following weight classes are scheduled in the men’s youth part of the Penang Pesta Tournament: 49kg, 52kg, 56kg, 60kg, 64kg, 69kg and 75kg. The men’s elite boxers are attending in the event in nine different weight classes: 49kg, 52kg, 56kg, 60kg, 64kg, 69kg, 75kg, 81kg and 91kg.
The youth boxers started their campaigns in the second competition day at the Penang Pesta International Tournament. Malaysia’s top youth talent Muhammad Rasdenal Haikal was quarter-finalist at the Bangkok 2018 ASBC Asian Confederation Youth Boxing Championships and he impressed against Paramesivam Ilango in his debuting contest at the light flyweight (49kg).
Malaysia’s top male boxer Muhamad Fuad Bin Mohamed Redzuan attended in all levels of boxing excluding the Olympic Games in the recent 10 years. The Commonwealth Games quarter-finalist and Southeast Asian Games gold medallist No.1 spent only a short time in the ring when the referee stopped his unequal contest when he faced with Muhammad Bunyamin Bubung Bin Budam in the quarter-final of the light flyweight (49kg).
Malaysia’s Mohamad Shahrazi Bin Sepri eliminated his compatriot Muhamad Safiuddin Bin Mohammed Ali in the preliminary round of the elite light flyweight (49kg) on Day1 and he continued his winning path in the second competition day. Shahrazi, who claimed silver medal in the 2016 edition, used his stamina to beat Singapore’s young Muhammad Ariff Bin Nordin by split decision in Penang.
Singapore’s former Youth Olympian and Southeast Asian Games silver medallist Mohamed Hanurdeen Bin Hamid was slightly better than Frederic Japri and advanced to the semi-finals of the elite flyweight (52kg). In the same category Malaysia’s national team members such as Mohamad Azuwan Bin Mohamed Nor and Muhamad Azlizam Bin Abu Talib both won their fights in the second competition day.
Myanmar’s Pyae Sone attended in the last edition of the Thailand Open International Boxing Tournament and following his title in their national event he won his second close bout in Penang and eliminated Malaysia’s young favourite Amirul Hakim Bin Sakila who won the youth part of the event in 2017. Malaysia’s further top hopes at the elite bantamweight (56kg) as Mohamad Zulkailane Bin Mohamed Nor and Jamie Wong Lee Onn both were fantastic on Day2.
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