Al-Suwaider and Ali Khalid delighted the crowd at the Ramadan Games in Dubai

The United Arab Emirates hosted two events within a short period of time and their second, the Ramadan Games was held at the Police Officer’s Club in Dubai.

The Ramadan Games featured in three elite female and seven male weight categories in Dubai where boxing is one of the progressing sports. The competition supported the preparation of the athletes for the upcoming ASBC Asian U22 Boxing Championships and the 2nd World Olympic Boxing Qualifying Event.

Several of the Board members of the United Arab Emirates Boxing Federation and important officials followed the bouts in the Ramadan Games. Despite the sacred month of Ramadan, the United Arab Emirates Boxing Federation is active in the Asian boxing map.

United Arab Emirates has increasing number of female boxers and their Haya Al Ali won the first female final of the Ramadan Games. The local boxer defeated Kuwait’s Rawan Al-Musailim at the minimumweight (48kg) while another young UAE talent, Jawaher Ghareb achieved a bronze medal in Dubai.

The Egyptians also sent a team to Dubai and their women’s bantamweight (54kg) is very strong in the country. Egypt’s Mamar Ismael defeated Nisa Mehdi in the second female final and she earned the next title in Dubai.

Iran’s Nastaran Fathi is their first ever female boxer who won an international tournament and she repeated that once again, earned the gold medal at the light welterweight (63kg) after beating her compatriot, Setareh Honari in the final.

Fujairah’s best male boxer, the 20-year-old Nawaf Ali Khamees Al-Zahmi is member of the UAE national team who participated at the Asian Games, World Boxing Championships and Arab Sports Games as well. He was named as the Best Boxer in the Zayed Sports Tournament and Al-Zahmi won his next featherweight (57kg) title in Dubai as well.

A Kazakh boxer, Kuanish Yerzhanov won the lightweight (60kg) in the Zayed Sports Tournament but he earned only a bronze in Dubai where Bahrain’s Ali Khalid was too smart for all of his rivals. Ukraine’s Danylo Honcharak defeated Sudan’s Eyad Reda in the final at the light welterweight (63.5kg) in Abu Dhabi last week and he repeated that success in Dubai as well.

United Arab Emirates’ most promising boxer, the technician Amer Al-Suwaider was extraordinary in this event and he defeated Russia’s Aleksei Kozlov in the final of the light middleweight (71kg). Bahrain’s second gold medal was achieved by Ali Hasan Asad, he defeated his Egyptian final opponent, Mohamed Antar in Dubai.

The list of the winners at the Ramadan Games
Women’s 48kg: Haya Al-Ali, UAE
Women’s 54kg: Mamar Ismael, Egypt
Women’s 63kg: Nastaran Fathi, Iran
Men’s 57kg: Nawaf Ali Khamees Al-Zahmi, UAE
Men’s 60kg: Ali Khalid, Bahrain
Men’s 63.5kg: Danylo Honcharak, Ukraine
Men’s 71kg: Amer Al-Suwaider, UAE
Men’s 75kg: Ahmed Saber, Egypt
Men’s 80kg: Ali Hasan Asad, Bahrain
Men’s 92kg: Austin Nnamdi, Nigeria

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