Boxers land in Manila, eye 5 golds

Boxers land in Manila, eye 5 golds

The Thai boxing team arrived in Manila yesterday brimming with confidence that they will take home five gold medals.

Led by Cuban coach Juan Fontanills, the Thai fighters -- six men and four women -- began training shortly after their arrival.

Thailand Boxing Association (TBA) president Pichai Chunhavajira is expecting the fighters to get five gold medals.

Chatchaidecha Butdee and his family.

"We don't have any problems. We have trained for a long time," said Fontanills, who has guided several Thai boxers to the Olympic titles.

"I am confident that our boxers will be able to meet the TBA president's target."

However, he said he did not want his fighters to face Philippine boxers in early rounds.

"I want my boxers to meet them in the finals," Fontanills said.

Among Thailand's best hopes are Chatchaidecha [formerly Chatchai] Butdee (56kg), Wuttichai Masuk (69kg) and Athichai Permsup (64kg) in the men's event and Sudaporn seesorndee (60kg) in the women's competition.

The draw will be made today with the boxing tournament scheduled from Dec 4-9.

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