Mum's the word for boxer Pongprayoon

Thai light flyweight boxer Kaeo Pongprayoon reached the Olympic semi-finals Wednesday -- and said his first prioty was to tell his mother.

Kaeo Pongprayoon of Thailand celebrates following victory over Aleksandar Aleksandrov of Bulgaria in the Light Flyweight boxing quarterfinals of the 2012 London Olympic Games at the ExCel Arena in London. Pongprayoon advanced to the semi-finals with a 16-10 points decision.

Pongprayoon, who is at his first Games, will finish with at least a bronze medal after his 16-10 quarter-final points win over Bulgaria's Aleksandar Aleksandrov.

"I want to say to my mum 'I have done it mum. I am going to bring back a medal'," the beaming 32 year old said. He will face Russia's David Ayrapetyan in Friday's semi-final for a chance at the gold.

"This is my first Olympics and I am not going home empty-handed."

His Cuban coach Omar Peuntes Malagon told AFP that Pongprayoon beat Aleksandrov because "extensively studying the Bulgarian allowed us to see his weak points".

"I saw a video from a tournament of Turkey, and in his first fight here, and told Kaeo the tactic was to hit him, then move. He could not hang around with him because he is very strong," added Malagon.

Pongprayoon said his plan for the next match against third-seed Ayrapetyan, is simple.

"Whatever the coach tells me," he said with a big smile, waving a small Thailand flag in his hand.

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