Thailand has a rich tradition of Olympic boxing success. The sport gave the country its first ever Olympic medal winner Payao Poontarat, who earned a bronze in the light flyweight competition at Montrealand then its first Olympic champion, Somluck Kamsing, who took featherweight gold at Atlanta Meanwhile Manus Boonjumnong, who won a gold medal in Athens in and a silver in Beijing four years later, in the light welterweight category, became the first Thai athlete two win more than one Olympic medal.
A tally of one gold and two bronze medals made the Olympics the most successful Games for Great Britain's boxing team since James DeGale returned from Beijing, China, as a national hero after his triumph in the middleweight division. And what of the rest of the squad?
They were the 37th edition of this biennial competition organised by the European governing body for amateur boxing, EABA. Ferhat Pehlivan Turkey. Munin Veli Macedonia.
Terry Edwards, Great Britain's amateur boxing head coach, took some hard-nosed, unpopular decisions by centralising the national training system in Sheffield, but his methods have been vindicated. David Haye sets his sights on heavyweights. He took a group of young boxers out of their comfort zone, and slowly applied the pressure.
The political infighting that has blighted amateur boxing in Britain for years erupted at the worst possible time when the Amateur Boxing Association yesterday suspended Billy Joe Saunders for allegedly lewd behaviour towards a woman in the team hotel in France several months ago. Simon Clegg, the British Olympic Association Chef de Mission today described the timing of the announcement, after the publication of lurid details in a national newspaper, as "extremely disappointing". The team captain David Price, light-heavyweight Tony Jeffries and middleweight James DeGale box in semi-finals tomorrow night, and the head coach Terry Edwards believes the timing of the ABA's announcement was designed "to distract and unsettle" himself and the boxers.
O f all the stories of the Olympic Games in Athens, few captured the attention of the British sporting public as totally as that describing the progress of the year-old youngster from Bolton, Amir Khan. Virtually unknown to most beyond boxing's cognescenti before the Games began, he became a household name as he boxed his way to a silver medal in the lightweight division, beaten only in the final by the Cuban great Mario Kindelan. Four years earlier, Audley Harrison had taken super-heavyweight gold - Britain's first Olympic boxing gold since Chris Finnegan triumphed way back in - but it was Khan's mesmerising run of wins, when he repeatedly seemed to confound the odds against more worldly wise opponents, that truly began a resurgence of interest in amateur boxing in Britain.
James 'Chunky' DeGale had no sooner won Olympic gold - against a Cuban, no less - and 'put myself in the history books', as he shouted into the Beijing night, than he started dreaming. Dreaming of doing it all over again in London in Dreaming of a knighthood. And how they would like that back in Harlesden.
Medals were awarded in eleven events, with each event corresponding to a recognized weight division of male boxers. The games were the last Olympic boxing competition to exclude women, as the International Olympic Committee approved the introduction of female boxing events for the London Olympics. Like other Olympic combat sports, two bronze medals are awarded; in the case of boxing, both losing semi-finalists receive a bronze medal, with no further play-off.
Assiduously studies fight videos at home, with younger brother Gamal, who is on the GB boxing programme with him. The boxing brothers have targeted a family double to at the London Olympic Games in Given his age, Yafai was a surprise qualifier for Beijing, but has the confidence to progress to the later rounds. Orthodox stance, can counter-punch or go on the attack.