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BOXING: Boxers can be baht men.

SCRAPPERS from Thailand will land a cool MILLION if they strike gold at the World Amateur Boxing Championships.

Fight bosses in the country are desperate for a their men to shine on home soil and have promised one million baht - around pounds18,000 - to a top medal winner at the Bangkok event.

The Thai Association have risked the wrath of the amateur game's chiefs with their amazing gesture as it defies the boxers' non-professional status. But they insist it's an incentive to win and not payment for their performances.

Russian two-time Olympic champ Oleg Saitov is among 400 competitors at the championships, which start today.
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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jul 6, 2003
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