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Tonight, Tonight: Phuket Police chief to square off against boxing legend

PHUKET: The island’s “Top Gun” will take on Thailand’s legendary boxing champion tonight in a charity bout to raise relief funds for the families of police still suffering from the devastating flooding in parts of the south that took place in late March.

Phuket Provincial Police Commander Pekad Tantipong will enter the ring against former WBA champion Khaosai Galaxy in a match to be refereed by Phuket Governor Tri Aukaradecha.

The bout is just one of many organized by Phuket Provincial Police Office as part of its “Fight Day for Fundraising and Kindness to Flood Disaster Victims”.

The main event is scheduled to begin at 8pm at the gymnasium at Sapan Hin in Phuket Town.

The Maj Gen will have a tough time gaining an edge over the 54-year-old champ-turned-media-icon, who won 16 of his 19 fights by knockout between 1984 and 1991 and is widely regarded as the best professional boxer Thailand has ever produced.

Leading up to the headline fight will be several other match-ups with Thais and foreigners. The card kicks off at 7pm.

Entry will be free, but members of the crowd will be asked to donate as much as they can to help by over 700 police families living in Krabi, Surat Thani and Nakhon Sri Thammarat.

Maj Gen Pekad said the flooding in those provinces caused over 39 million baht in property damages to the families.

— Atchaa Khamlo

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