Thailand’s young generation impressed in the finals of their Elite National Championships in Muak Lek

Eleven champions have been crowned in the new edition of the Thailand National Elite Boxing Championships in the Muak Lek District. The seventh competition day saw fantastic finals between the stars and the next generation members. Five of the winners are younger than 20 while three of their Tokyo Olympians won the titles in Muak Lek.

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 contested in the 2020 edition of the Thailand Elite National Boxing Championships in Muak Lek.

The women boxers could 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 fought 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).

The main favourite of the women’s light flyweight (48kg), Ratchaneekorn Sikadon controlled her final against ASBC Asian Women’s Boxing Championships competitor Panpradup Plodsai and claimed the first title of the national event. An amazing battle was held at the women’s flyweight (51kg) where 22-year-old Jutamas Jitpong was slightly better than two-time AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Chuthamat Raksat.

ASBC Asian Women’s Boxing Championships silver medallist and Jakarta 2018 Asian Games bronze medallist Nilawan Techasuep used her long distance tactic well enough against former National Champion 24-year-old Thantip Wannaphrom at the women’s featherweight (57kg) in Muak Lek. AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships silver medallist Sudaporn Seesondee remained on the top of the women’s lightweight (60kg) following her success over the next generation member, two-time ASBC Asian Youth Champion 19-year-old Porntip Buapa.

The Best Woman Boxer of the Ulaanbaatar 2019 ASBC Asian Youth Boxing Championships, Baison Manikon has already qualified for the Tokyo Olympic Games therefore she was too experienced for Chanthida Sukakern at the women’s welterweight (69kg). The first male gold medal of the Thailand National Championships was achieved by Samak Saehan at the light flyweight (49kg).  

AIBA Youth World Champion and Asian & Oceanian Olympic Boxing Qualifying Event silver medallist Thitisan Panmod had to do his very best against Bornemissza Youth Tournament bronze medallist 19-year-old Pathipan Uthaida in the final of the men’s flyweight (52kg). ASBC Asian Youth Champion and Youth Olympic Games silver medallist 19-year-old Sarawut Sukthet eliminated SEA Games silver medallist Ammarit Yaodam in the semi-finals and continued his winning path against Asian Games bronze medallist Rujakran Juntrong in the final of the men’s featherweight (57kg).

Somchay Wongsuwan represented Thailand at the Yekaterinburg 2019 AIBA World Boxing Championships and also in the previous ASBC Asian Elite Boxing Championships. The 24-year-old boxer met for the gold medal with experienced Bunjong Sinsiri in the important final of the lightweight (63kg). The final verdict was split decision in the favour of Wongsuwan who has the chance to compete for Thailand in the upcoming World Olympic Boxing Qualifying Event.

AIBA Youth World Champion and Youth Olympic Games winner Atichai Phoemsap was too smart for Anueng Kathmarasri and claimed his first title in his new category at the welterweight (69kg). ASBC Asian Youth Champion and Youth Olympic Games bronze medallist 19-year-old Weerapon Jongjoho stopped experienced Yuttapong Sikadon in the semi-final of the middleweight (75kg) and continued his winning path against another veteran boxer, Aphisit Kanankhokkhruea.

List of the winners in the Thailand Elite National Boxing Championships
Women’s 48kg: Ratchaneekorn Sikadon
Women’s 51kg: Jutamas Jitpong
Women’s 57kg: Nilawan Techasuep
Women’s 60kg: Sudaporn Seesondee
Women’s 69kg: Baison Manikon
Men’s 49kg: Samak Saehan
Men’s 52kg: Thitisan Panmod
Men’s 57kg: Sarawut Sukthet
Men’s 63kg: Somchay Wongsuwan
Men’s 69kg: Atichai Phoemsap
Men’s 75kg: Weerapon Jongjoho

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