'Quietly confident' of first gold since 1985

'Quietly confident' of first gold since 1985
Singapore boxing team making final preparations before departing to SEA Games in Myanmar.

SINGAPORE- Singapore's boxers roughed it out for one month in Australia ahead of the SEA Games, which will be a key barometer of the sport's progress here.

Boxing has been in the wilderness since the early 1990s, following internal squabbles.

But it is seeing a renaissance, partly owing to the hosting of the 2010 Youth Olympic Games where promising flyweight Hanurdeen Hamid advanced to the semi-finals.

This inspired more youngsters to enter the ring, said Singapore Amateur Boxing Association president Syed Abdul Kadir.

Having honed their skills in centralised training over the last few years, the association is sending its five brightest prospects to Myanmar.

This is a jump from just two Singaporean boxers who took part at the 2011 Indonesia edition.

Kadir is "quietly confident" of a first gold medal in boxing since Mohammed Muklis' welterweight title at the 1985 Bangkok Games.

The former Commonwealth and SEA Games champion said: "There's a lot of potential in these boys to be future champions.

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