At the 2022 IFMA World Youth Muay Thai Championship, Mohammad Johan Ghazali Zulfikar of Sarawak won the 14–15 division (under 60 kg) championship.
Mohammad Johan defeated Russian competitor Rustam Yunusob with a score of 20-18 in the final match on Saturday at the Sunway Pyramid Convention Center in Petaling Jaya.
The victory was made more sweeter when the student from SMK St Thomas Kuching was named Best Boxer-Outstanding Male Athlete after his triumph.
Muhammad Mikail Ghazali Zulfikar, Mohammad Johan’s younger brother, won the gold medal in the IFMA World Muaythai Grand Slam division while competing for PMM (Malaysia A) as well (Junior 12-13 Male Youth 36-40kg).
Additionally, he earned a medal in the Junior 12–13 Men’s Under 40kg division.
Texas Jeremy Lo, a local Sarawakian who competed on the PMM (Malaysia A) ticket but lost to Russian boxer Sarkhan Alberov of IFMA in the final, contributed a silver medal.
Sisters Nur Afiqah Musfirah Baharom and Nur Arifah Mahsunah Baharom won silver in the Muay Boran category, displaying the excellence of Sarawak’s female athletes (Mae Muay open category).
Another silver came from Nur Haina Aisyah Muhamad Haikal Jenil in the IFMA Youth 30kg category.
When approached, Jumaat Ibrahim, president of the Sarawak State Muay Thai Association (PMNS), expressed his congratulations to all Sarawakian contestants on their successes at the global championship.
He claimed that their accomplishment demonstrated Sarawak’s capability to produce well-known muay thai stars on par with top-tier athletes.
He added that it also showed that all the development programmes planned by PMNS and supported by local muay thai clubs every year produced results.
“Their achievements are the result of support and support from all parties such as the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Sarawak Entrepreneur Development; Sarawak Sports Corporation (SSC); Sarawak State Sports Council (MSNS); clubs; coaches; and athletes themselves to see muay thai sport in Sarawak continue grow and go further.
“I would also like to thank the Malaysian Muaythai Association (PMM) for trusting us by sponsoring Sarawak athletes to participate in this world championship,” he said.
Jumaat also hoped that the athletes from Sarawak will build on their current unbeaten run at the Kuala Lumpur Malaysia Games (Sukma) the following month.