At the age of 36 and with a professional world flyweight reign behind him, Amnat Ruenroeng’s career has gone full circle.
The veteran is heading for another medal hunt following bronze at the 2007 world amateur championships and 2010 Asian games.
Ruenroeng defeated Italian Carmine Tommasone over the three-round format to book his place on the plane to Rio representing Thailand this summer.
The ex-IBF champion, whose spell was only ended in May by John Riel Casimero following five title defenses, will be one of the hot favourites for gold in the next few weeks at the 60kg category.
Hassan N’Dam, another with a professional world title to his name, won his semi-final and boxes for a place at the games on Friday.
Professionals competing at the Olympics has caused quite a stir since being pushed through by the AIBA, whilst Ruenroeng is the first former world champion to make the transition.