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Kaew Pongprayoon Leaves Boxing After Winning Silver

Sergeant Kaew Pongprayoon paid a visit to Army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha yesterday and left with the promise that he would soon become Lieutenant Kaew Pongprayoon.

Sgt Kaew, of course, is Thailand's newest boxing hero, winning a silver medal in the London 2012 Olympic Games that most Thais strongly believe should have been gold.

‘‘I have to congratulate Sgt Kaew for bringing fame to Thailand,’’ Gen Prayuth said after meeting the 32-year-old light flyweight boxer from Kamphaeng Phet at the Royal Thai Army headquarters yesterday morning.

Gen Prayuth also announced that he had given the boxer 60,000 baht for winning his silver medal.

The army chief also promised strong support for the development of amateur boxing in Thailand.

‘‘The army will continue to sponsor boxing and will produce more athletes to bring fame to Thailand in the next four years.

‘‘Regardless of what medals the athletes win, they represent Thailand and I will support them,’’ he said.

Lieutenant-to-be Kaew wants to be a part of that effort, not as a boxer, but as a trainer.

The 32-year-old will not have another chance at winning Olympic gold because the age limit for Olympic boxers is 34.

Initially, he said he would consider whether to continue fighting in other tournaments such as the SEA Games. But he said yesterday he was hanging up his gloves.

‘‘I want to help train younger boxers,’’ he said.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by No1 on 08-17-2012

[QUOTE=HeroBando;12431230]This other article has him making 20 million baht = 635k for this. I don't think there's one pro jr fly that makes half that in a year. [url]http://www.boxingscene.com/pongprayoon-felt-robbed-tells-thais-move-on--56047[/url][/QUOTE] I think that is prob the correct estimate. The Thai's have…

Comment by HeroBando on 08-17-2012

This other article has him making 20 million baht = 635k for this. I don't think there's one pro jr fly that makes half that in a year. [url]http://www.boxingscene.com/pongprayoon-felt-robbed-tells-thais-move-on--56047[/url]

Comment by OlympicGlory on 08-16-2012

Doubt 2k is that much there. I mean it's quite a tourist hot spot now, so I imagine salaries are higher than 20k a year for a soldier.

Comment by anonymous2.0 on 08-16-2012

60k baht = just under 2k USD. While that might not sound like a lot to us, it probably is in Thailand...

Comment by Evil Abed on 08-16-2012

That's too bad. He has some nice skills.

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