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Malaysian fighters waiting ringside


Boxers Adnan Yusof and Rakib Ahmad are ready to rumble at the Commonwealth Games in Manchester.

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The boxing finals are at Manchester's MEN Arena

The two have been preparing by sparring with top amateur and professional boxers in Thailand.

Adnan and Rakib are reported to have gained a lot during the two week camp, sparring with at least eight different boxers.

Adnan is regarded as a medal prospect in Manchester in the 60kg (lightweight) category after winning the bronze at the Kuala Lumpur Commonwealth Games four years ago.

The 25-year-old Adnan, who trains full-time, stunned 1996 Atlanta Olympics gold medallist Somluck Khamsing of Thailand at the Asian Boxing Championships (ABC) in Negri Sembilan last month.

Malaysian boxing coach Adun Pasu commented: ďAll the Malaysian boxers have a fair chance of winning medals. A lot will depend on the luck of the draw too."

"I will be satisfied if they all put up a good fight. Winning or losing is not important. I just want them to make the country proud of them," said Adun.

The other members of the Manchester-bound boxing squad are Zamzai Azizi (48kg), Mohamed Zainuddin Sidi (67kg) and Shuhairi Hussein (71kg).

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