Boxing's down...but not out

Boxing's down...but not out

Mixed martial arts may be proliferating the combat sports scene, but the stalwarts of local boxing are not throwing in the towel.

"It may not be talked about much, but it is not dying," insists former Singapore Olympian Syed Abdul Kadir.

The 65-year-old was the 1969 and 1971 South-east Asian Peninsular Games gold medallist, and is the current president of the Singapore Amateur Boxing Association.

He is keeping the flame alive.

While many boxing schools have closed over the years, his school - one of five that are left - at the Singapore Judo Federation headquarters on Guillemard Crescent survives.

When we visited Kadir's Boxing School last week, he was keeping a keen eye on a new batch of students.

Sitting at a table, Mr Kadir doled out individualised instructions to each aspiring fighter, who range from students to expats.

And under his tutelage, new talent is blossoming.

One of the fighters training hard amid the loud thumps of punching bags being hit is 26-year-old Muhammad Solihin Nordin.

He will be representing Singapore in the bantamweight category at his first South-east Asian (SEA) Games in Myanmar later this year.

Mr Solihin counts his daily visits to Mr Kadir's school as essential to his SEA Games preparations.

He hardly kept still during the time TNPS visited the school.

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