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Boxing: Amnat inspires Macanese boxers before showdown with Zou

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IBF champion Amnat Ruenroeng (with flowers) met with local boxing enthusiasts at the Fighting Arts Club Macau.

March 3, 2015: Amnat Ruenroeng met with around 40 young boxing enthusiasts at the Fighting Arts Club Macau as the the Thai star took some time off from preparing for the defence of his IBF flyweight title against China’s Zou Shiming on Saturday.

 

The Macanese boxers turned out in force to meet a world champion at an event organised by the Sands China Community Academy five days ahead of ‘The Showdown at Sands’ at The Venetian Macao’s Cotai Arena.

 

Amnat, 35, was presented with a Thai-style flower ring by the club and engaged in a question-and-answer session with the group. The champion then demonstrated his boxing skills before concluding the event with autographs and photos.

 

Amnat was presented with Thai-style flowers by members of the club.

Amnat was presented with Thai-style flowers by members of the club.

“It was fantastic to meet a world champion,” said one of the participants. “It is inspiring to hear about his life and how he overcame difficulties to get to where he is today. It has given me more confidence and the desire and motivation to follow my dreams.”

 

Amnat, 35, has a turbulent past and learnt boxing during his third stint in prison. He represented Thailand at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, where Zou won gold in the light flyweight division.

 

Amnat won the first of the boxers’ three fights in the amateur ranks, and the pair will meet on Saturday for the first time as pros.

 

Amnat engaged in a Q&A session with the boxing enthusiasts.

Amnat engaged in a Q&A session with the boxing enthusiasts.

The event was initiated by the Sands China Community Academy, which seeks to leverage on Sands China’s superstar events – which often feature stars from the worlds of music, movies and sport – to organise community outreach activities in Macao.

 

The multi-bout ‘Showdown at Sands’ kicks off at 5.30 pm, with the first bout starting at 5.45pm.

 

Source: The Venetian Macao (www.venetianmacao.com); Editing by SportAsia

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