Panmod, Wongsuwan and Phoemsap won the key quarter-finals in the Thailand Elite National Championships

The second part of the quarter-finals were held in the fifth competition day at the Thailand National Elite Boxing Championships in the Muak Lek District where the best four boxers in each weight category remained in action. AIBA Youth World Champion Thitisan Panmod, Somchay Wongsuwan and Youth Olympic Champion Atichai Phoemsap won the key contests of the fifth day of boxing.

Thailand returned to the trainings and to their national sport center short after the quarantine period and their top boxers are in top shape in the national event. Altogether 213 female and male bouts have been scheduled in the 2020 edition of the Thailand Elite National Boxing Championships in Muak Lek.

There are more than 16 boxers in almost all of the weight categories in the national event where some of the divisions are crowded with more than 25 participating athletes. Boxers who were born between 1980 and 2001 are eligible to attend in the Thailand Elite National Boxing Championships.

The women boxers can compete in five weight categories in the national event: at the light flyweight (48kg), at the flyweight (51kg), at the featherweight (57kg), at the lightweight (60kg) and at the welterweight (69kg). The male boxers are competing for the medals in six different weight classes in Muak Lek: light flyweight (49kg), flyweight (52kg), featherweight (57kg), lightweight (63kg), welterweight (69kg) and middleweight (75kg).

Thantip Wannaphrom had to do her very best against Neranchaya Chueakhamchan who won two preliminary contest at the featherweight (57kg) but the former National Champion managed to win that challenge. The main favourite of the category, ASBC Asian Women’s Boxing Championships bronze medallist Nilawan Techasuep controlled her contest using long distance punches against a talented youngster, Bunyanut Machai.

The most anticipated contest in the fifth competition day was held between Tokyo Olympian 20-year-old Thitisan Panmod and Cologne Boxing World Cup winner Wuttichai Yurachai. The two top boxers of the men’s flyweight (52kg) had to meet already in the quarter-finals and the contest delivered a world class battle between them. Budapest 2018 AIBA Youth World Champion Panmod found the best attacking moments in the contest and defeated his older rival in Muak Lek.

ASBC Asian Youth Champion Sarawut Sukthet moved up to the featherweight (57kg) and controlled a difficult bout against experienced Suthin Masuk in the quarter-finals. He will be meeting with Southeast Asian Games silver medallist Ammarit Yaodam who walked over to the semi-finals following his opponent, Anucha Kertparee was unable to box against him.

In the next highlight of the day Somchay Wongsuwan eliminated Eindhoven Box Cup winner Khunatip Pidnuch in a tight bout therefore he can meet in the semi-finals of the lightweight (63kg) with Sakda Ruamtham who bowed out Naruethep Klinson. AIBA Youth World Champion and Youth Olympic Games winner Atichai Phoemsap played with Chaiya Ruamtham in the quarter-finals of the welterweight (69kg) and will be facing in the last four with Narongsak Kaewmala who eliminated Ratthapon Kadamdulan.

ASBC Asian Youth Champion Weerapon Jongjoho eliminated a top rival in the last 16 and walked over to the semi-finals of the middleweight (75kg) against Thanong Boonphelng. The 19-year-old No.1 will be meeting in the semi-finals with Yuttapong Sikadon who eliminated Pluem Wangkhlaklang in a tight contest. Sakkiti Panyaapiwong also joined to the last four following he knocked out two-time ASBC Asian Youth Boxing Championships bronze medallist Bannaphon Pannon.

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