Thailand Boxing Association on Thursday (Jan 18) formally introduced to the Thai media its newly-hired Cuban boxing coach Juan Fontanils who will be in charge of mainly training Thai female boxers for the 2018 GPP Championship tournament, Asian Games in Indonesia this year and the 2020 Olympic Games in Japan.
TBA president Pichai Chunhavajira told the media that the TBA had many male and female boxers and, therefore, it was about time that the training should be shaped up and the responsibility to train the boxers should be split up between newcomer Fontanils and the old Cuban coach, Julian Ricardo Gonzales.
But, as a matter of fact, Fontanils is not a new face for TBA and the Thai boxers. He used to train Thai boxers who made outstanding performance in previous Olympic Games. He left Thailand about 16 years ago.
Pichai said that Fontanils would be put to take charge of training Thai female boxers for the 2018 GPP Championship tournament and the Olympic Games in Japan in 2020.
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Posted by Thai PBS English News on Thursday, 18 January 2018
He added that the Cuban coach was fit for the job because he speaks Thai, understands Thai culture and is familiar with the styles and techniques of Thai boxers.
Fontanils said that there are many Thai female boxers and they should win some medals from the Olympic Games. He, however, noted that training had to be changed and boxers must box with their heads not with their raw strength.
He will officially take over the training of the women’s team as of March 1 because, until then, he is still bound by the contract with Mexico.