No. 1 M’sian boxer ‘Kilat Boy’ decides to quit national camp to prioritise Sarawak

Sarawak and Malaysia's number 1 boxer Daeloniel McDelon Bong. Photo credit: TVS

By DayakDaily Team

KUCHING, April 28: Malaysia’s No. 1 ranked boxer and Sarawak’s sensational bantamweight fighter Daeloniel McDelon Bong who is popularly known as ‘Kilat Boy’ has decided to withdraw from the national boxing camp and to focus his boxing priority for the State.

According to a TVS news report today, Daeloniel said that his decision to quit the national camp was a sacrifice he made as he wanted to focus on raising the sport of boxing in Sarawak to greater heights.


“After I participated in the 2023 Cambodia SEA Games, I planned to withdraw for certain reasons.

“At the same time, Sarawak Amateur Boxing Association (Saba) President Datuk Rahman Lariwoo wants me to boost Sarawak athletes and our prodigies in the sport of boxing and to create a reputation for the State while at the same time focusing fully on my professional career,” revealed Daeloniel to the television channel’s Sports Show host here, today.

Daeloniel said he is modest despite being ranked the number 1 boxer in Malaysia and as of now he is still placed 203 out of more than 2,000 boxers from around the world.

In January 2023, Daeloniel represented the National Sports Council (MSN) and won the gold medal in the 57-kilogram (kg) category at the Penang International Boxing Festival.

He also made history after becoming the first athlete from Sarawak to win the Asian Boxing Federation (ABF) championship belt in Thailand last year.

Daeloniel is scheduled to challenge Thai boxer Yutthichai Wannawong in the World Boxing Championship (WBC) Asia 2024 in Kuching on May 11. — DayakDaily