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Boxing

Updated : August 5, 2019

Rangoon University Boxing Club was founded (or re-established) by Ko Myint Khine (Norman, C63), Dr. Tin Wa (SPHS57), Ko San Aung (Reginald/Sonny, SPHS and St. Albert’s), Dr. Frankie Ohn (Hla Tin Ngwe, SPHS59) and their friends. Ko San Aung won the championship for Pinweight.

Kyar Ba Nyein is a cousin uncle of Saya Allen Htay. “Kyar” stands for “Tiger” as well as “Checkers”. Per his request, Ludu Daw Ah Mar wrote about Kyar Ba Nyein in her book “Mandalay Thar and Mandalay Thu” but only after KBN’s death. KBN competed in International competitions and was a certified referee and judge. He founded a club and coached young boxers (which later became champions). He also sponsored Myanmar Let Hway matches.

Thein Myint, Stanley Majid, Tin Tun … are some boxers who represented Burma.

Maung Maung Thaw (Class of 70) excelled in Boxing and Track & Field.

Rocky Marciano is the only undefeated Heavyweight Champion. He inspired Sylvester Stallone to make “Rocky Balboa” movies.

Muhammad Ali won the 1960 Olympics Light Heavyweight title as Cassius Clay Junior. He became “Louisville Lip” for predicting the round in which his opponent will be knocked out. He beat Sonny Liston to become the World Heavyweight Champion. He was stripped off his title for refusing to join the Draft. He was Champion thrice. He had Parkinsonism and ailments attributed to having taken many blows to his head. There are books about “I am the Greatest”. He is known for “Float like a butterfly. Sting like a bee” and for lighting the Olympic Torch in 1996 Olympics held in Altanta, Georgia, USA.

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