Malaysia’s Arfiqanie Ahmad Bin Anshori won his next bout by RSC in the Penang Pesta International Tournament
The semi-finals were held on the fourth competition day at the Penang Trade Fair International Tournament or shortly known as Penang Pesta in Malaysia before New Year’s Eve. Malaysia’s 22-year-old Arfiqanie Ahmad Bin Anshori won his next bout by RSC and marched to the final of the prestigious tournament.
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 eight youth contests were held in the third competition day of the Penang Trade Fair International Tournament where the youth winners advanced to the finals.
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.
Myanmar sent teams to the Penang Pesta Tournament at the very first time and their young boxers impressed in Malaysia. Their National Champion Thiha Zaw is still in the youth level and his experiences were enough to eliminate an international level boxer Singapore’s Velvan Tan Jun Jie in the semi-finals of the light welterweight (64kg). The Singaporean talent, who attended in the Bangkok 2018 ASBC Asian Confederation Youth Boxing Championships, landed strong punches but Thiha Zaw handled their tactical fight.
Malaysia’s best elite boxer Muhamad Fuad Bin Mohamed Redzuan is member of the national team since 2009 and his international experiences paid off in the semi-final of the light flyweight (49kg). The 27-year-old defending Southeast Asian Games winner dominated his semi-final over Mohamad Shahrazi Bin Sepri and will be facing for the gold medal with Muhamad Syawal Bin Shaharuddin.
Malaysia’s young weapon in the elite level Muhamad Azlizam Bin Abu Talib delivered one of the main sensations of the fourth competition day when he defeated Singapore’s Southeast Asian Games silver medallist Mohamed Hanurdeen Bin Hamid. The young Malaysian talent won the contest by split decision and will be fighting for the gold with his main national rival Mohamed Azuwan Bin Mohamed Nor.
Mohamed Zulkailane Bin Mohamed Nor used up his international experiences to eliminate Myanmar’s National Champion Pyae Sone in a hectic contest. The Malaysian boxer will be meeting for the title with another strong boxer Jamie Wong Lee Onn in the final of the bantamweight (56kg) in Penang.
Malaysia’s national team member Arfiqanie Ahmad Bin Anshori stopped Muhammad Aimaani Bin Wahid in the quarter-final of the lightweight (60kg) on Day3 The 22-year-old Malaysian, who attended in the Southeast Games as well, was too strong for Melaka’s Whirathep and marched to the final winning his second contest by RSC.
Muhamad Firdaus Bin Kamarulzaman knocked out Penang’s Hidayat Bin Abu Hassan in the quarter-final of the light welterweight (64kg) but in his semi-final he was defeated by Halim Izan Bin Sulaiman. In the second semi-final of the category Malaysian National Games winner Mohammad Khairol Bin Kalai eliminated Myanmar’s top hope Kyaw Min Oo.
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