New lord of the ring

BRAZILIAN Adaylton Freitas, 24, knocked out defending champion Abdul Kadir Suwailek of Thailand to win the Fifth Kedah Royal Challenge Z1 Super 4 category Tomoi title at the Wawasan Hall in Jitra, Kedah.

The 1.78m-tall Brazilian trailed the shorter (1.70m) Abdul Kadir, 24, on points at the end of two rounds of the five-round 67kg final.

But midway through the third round, he managed to penetrate Abdul Kadir’s solid defence to deliver a knockout blow, sending the champion crashing to the canvas.

Earlier in the semi-finals, Freitas had knocked out Michael Rapcan (Sloakia) also by a knockout while Abdul Kadir defeated Simone Ceccili (Italy) on points.

The Z1 Super 4 bouts were the main attraction in the two-day championships while several minor category bouts added flair and entertainment for the fans.

In the 65kg category, Roberto Carlos (Brazil) beat Abbas Ahmadi (Iran) on points while local favourite Firdaus Janai beat Rung Langu (Thailand) by knockout in the 53.5kg category.

Event director Tunku Shazuddin Arif Tunku Sallehuddin was impressed with the large turnout of fans to watch the bouts on both days of the championships.

He said the Royal Challenge next year would be organised in Langkawi.

The recent event was officially declared open by Tan Sri Tunku Sallehuddin Sultan Badlishah, a member of the Kedah Regency Council, while another member of the Council Datuk Seri Tunku Abdul Hamid Thani Sultan Badlishah presented the prizes after the finals.

Also present were state executive councillor Datuk S. Manikumar as well as Kedah and Perlis TM general manager Noor Lela Baba.

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