Thailand’s stars as Youth Olympic Champion Atichai Phoemsap, Wuttichai Masuk, Chatchai Decha Butdee, Chuthamat Raksat, furthermore Philippines’ Nesthy Petecio, China’s Hu Jianguan and Mongolia’s Erdenebat Tsendbaatar won their weight classes in Bangkok.
The number of the boxers in the 2019 Thailand Open International Boxing Tournament was altogether impressive 247 from 32 different nations of all of the five Confederations which made the event like a World Boxing Championships. Among the 247 participants, 98 were women boxers, furthermore 149 male athletes attended in the Thailand Open International Boxing Tournament where 14 champions have been crowned.
The Nimibutr Sport Stadium was the official venue of the Thailand Open International Boxing Tournament in 2019 which hosted all of the 233 fights of the event. Thailand achieved five gold medals in the competition but China’s four titles were also impressive in the 2019 edition of the big event.
Most of the participated nations used the Thailand Open International Boxing Tournament as the last selection and preparation before the Yekaterinburg AIBA World Boxing Championships and the Ulan-Ude AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships.
Uzbekistan’s current ASBC Asian Champion at the men’s light flyweight (49kg) Nodirjon Mirzakhmedov had hard road to the finals of the Thailand Open but he was able to deliver his very best in Bangkok. The Uzbek boxer eliminated Malaysia’s Southeast Asian Games winner Muhammad Fuad Bin Mohamed Redzuan in the last four and met with India’s Deepak Singh. Their bout was the repeat final of the 2019 ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships and the result became the same once again, the Uzbek won this contest by unanimous decision in Bangkok.
Thailand’s experienced Chuthamat Raksat claimed bronze medal in the Jeju 2014 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships and she returned to her original light flyweight (48kg) to get the title of the Thailand Open. The 26-year-old Thai hope faced with one of her main national rivals Ratchaneekorn Sikadon and Raksat proved her smart boxing and tactically she was better than Sikadon in the final.
China’s best male boxer in their current national team is definitely Hu Jianguan who followed her teammate Chang Yuan’s success in Bangkok. The Rio 2016 Olympic Games bronze medallist and AIBA World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Hu Jianguan met for the title with Kazakhstan’s 19-year-old Yevgeniy Pavlov who eliminated Mongolia’s Enkhmandakh Kharkhuu in the last four. The taller Kazakh boxer attacked more in their contest but received punches from Hu’s counter shots were amazing in their final.
Thailand’s AIBA World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Chatchai Decha Butdee is a veteran boxer now but he is still in top shape and proved his energetic style at the bantamweight (56kg) when he defeated Philippines’ Ian Clark Bautista and India’s Strandja Memorial Tournament silver medallist Mohamed Hussamuddin.
Philippines’ AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships silver medallist Nesthy Petecio won more than 90% of her international contests in the recent years and she was among the favourites at the featherweight (57kg). The 27-year-old Filipino boxer defeated Thailand’s ASBC Asian Confederation Women’s Boxing Championships silver medallist and Boxam Tournament winner Nilawan Techasuep in the final of the Open.
Mongolia’s No.1, Jakarta 2018 Asian Games winner and Bangkok 2019 ASBC Asian Champion Erdenebat Tsendbaatar dominated the lightweight (60kg) at the Thailand Open International Boxing Tournament. The Mongolian boxer is small but he used his aggressive style against such strong opponents as Kazakhstan’s Hamburg 2017 AIBA World Boxing Championships competitor Adilet Kurmetov and Thailand’s Rujakran Juntrong.
Thailand’s A team member Somchay Wongsuwan had to meet with for the gold medal with a four-year younger teammate, Thailand’s B team member Youth Olympic Games winner and AIBA Youth World Champion Atichai Phoemsap. The 19-year-old promising star was patient in their contest and landed his punches with perfect timing which means Phoemsap defeated his top national rival in the Open. Thailand’s next gold medal was achieved by Incheon 2014 Asian Games winner and Bangkok 2015 ASBC Asian Champion Wuttichai Masuk at the welterweight (69kg) after beating South Korea’s Lim Hyun Chul.
India’s Ashish Kumar replaced their former star Vikash Krishan Yadav in the national team at the middleweight (75kg) but he quickly achieved a medal in the ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships three months ago. Following that success, the Indian was able to beat South Korea’s Kim Jin Jae in the final of the middleweight (75kg) in Bangkok. The last gold medal of the whole Thailand Open was achieved by Thailand’s veteran Anavat Thongkrathok who had amazing fighting spirit in the final of the light heavyweight (81kg) and defeated India’s Brijesh Yadav.
List of the winners in the 2019 Thailand Open International Boxing Tournament
Women’s 48kg: Chuthamat Raksat, Thailand
Women’s 51kg: Chang Yuan, China
Women’s 57kg: Nesthy Petecio, Philippines
Women’s 60kg: Anja Stridsman, Australia
Women’s 69kg: Gu Hong, China
Women’s 75kg: Li Qian, China
Men’s 49kg: Nodirjon Mirzakhmedov, Uzbekistan
Men’s 52kg: Hu Jianguan, China
Men’s 56kg: Chatchai Decha Butdee, Thailand
Men’s 60kg: Erdenebat Tsendbaatar, Mongolia
Men’s 64kg: Atichai Phoemsap, Thailand
Men’s 69kg: Wuttichai Masuk, Thailand
Men’s 75kg: Ashish Kumar, India
Men’s 81kg: Anavat Thongkrathok, Thailand