Sukthet, Pidnuch power Thailand’s strong start in maiden Kuwait international joust

Emerging national boxers Sarawat Sukthet and Khunatip Pidnuch fueled Thailand’s fiery start to its campaign in the 1st Kuwait International Elite Boxing Championships being held in the Kuwaiti capital.

Sukthet, a silver medalist in the Youth Olympic Games 2018 and a national champion at the age of 19 in 2020, made a triumphant return from an injury after dispatching Iraq’s Hassan Ali in their featherweight (57kg) bout during the opening session.

For his part, the muay Thai athlete-turned-boxer Pidnuch, who seized a silver in the 31st SEA Games, a gold in Eindhoven Cup and a bronze in Thailand Open, overcame a tough foe in Ukraine’s Danylo Lozan in the light welterweight (63.5kg) class.

Meanwhile, Iran also enjoyed a successful opening day as Seyed Hossein Mirahmadi and Bagher Faraji beat Saudi Arabia’s Rakean Al-Thaqafi in light heavyweight (89kg) and Kuwait’s Hassan Al-Fathli in light welterweight, respectively.

Syrian Arab Boxing Association president Mohamed Kamel Shbib, one of the most experienced officials in Asian boxing, is serving as the technical delegate of the competition.

Kuwait Boxing Federation advisor Adnan Bin Ali and Iranian Boxing Federation president Hossein Souri, who are both members of the ASBC Board of Directors, are observing the new event.

National teams from Bahrain, Bulgaria, China, Germany, Hong Kong, Kyrgyzstan, Morocco, Palestine, Qatar, Syria, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan and Yemen also joined Kuwait’s inaugural international tourney.

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