Boxing

Published: Saturday December 14, 2013 MYT 10:17:00 PM
Updated: Sunday December 15, 2013 MYT 12:40:09 AM

Boxer Ramkumar sees silver lining in Games debut

G. Ramkumar (right) settled for the silver medal after a TKO by Thailand’s Apichet Saenset in the welterweight (69kg) category at the Wunna Theikdi Boxing Stadium on Saturday.

G. Ramkumar (right) settled for the silver medal after a TKO by Thailand’s Apichet Saenset in the welterweight (69kg) category at the Wunna Theikdi Boxing Stadium on Saturday.

NAYPYITAW: Inexperience proved to be boxer G. Ramkumar’s downfall after he was handed a technical knockout by Thailand’s Apichet Saenset in the welterweight (69kg) category at the Wunna Theikdi Boxing Stadium on Saturday.

The Klang pugilist lasted less than a minute in the first round of the title match after Apichet’s upper-cut took the wind out of Ramkumar, forcing him to retire and settle for the silver medal.

A disappointed Ramkumar said that he will return to Kazakhstan to resume training.

“This is my first SEA Games and my inexperience cost me the gold medal,” said the 22-year-old.

“My body was too open and Apichet took his chance well to deliver the punch and end the round. It’s now back to training for me ... I’ll work harder to become a better boxer.

“I think this was a good outing for me because I managed to win the silver medal in my first Games. I will return stronger.”

The Malaysian boxing team, who had set a target of two gold medals, ended their campaign on a dismal note with just one silver and three bronze medals.

Khir Akyazlan Azmi (64kg), Mohd Fuad Redzuan (49kg) and Mohd Azman Azhar (52kg) delivered the bronze after reaching the semi-finals.

Tags / Keywords: SEA Games, Naypyitaw, Nyapidaw, Myanmar, boxing.

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