Amateur boxing in Singapore on the ropes?

Philippines' Ian Clark Bautista (in blue) beating home favourite Mohamed Hanurdeen Hamid to win the men's flyweight boxing gold medal at the 2015 SEA Games in Singapore. ST FILE PHOTO
Philippines' Ian Clark Bautista (in blue) beating home favourite Mohamed Hanurdeen Hamid to win the men's flyweight boxing gold medal at the 2015 SEA Games in Singapore. ST FILE PHOTO

Frustrated athletes step away from sport, say national body needs to be more organised

Singapore's amateur boxers have endured their share of blows in the ring over the years, but now, some of its top athletes are walking away due to the punches they are taking outside of it.

While professional boxing has been on the rise here in the last five years, the amateur scene - where athletes compete in major Games - has flagged. At the SEA Games in the Philippines last month, its four-member team returned with only one bronze medal, extending Singapore's gold medal drought. Mohammed Mukhlis Amat last won a welterweight gold at the 1985 Bangkok Games.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 28, 2020, with the headline 'Amateur boxing in S'pore on the ropes?'. Print Edition | Subscribe