Fabulous Syrian performance in the Damascus International Boxing Tournament
The Damascus International Boxing Tournament was held in the capital city of Syria in spite of the serious crisis in the country. Mr. Majd Saqer, who is a new engine in Syria’s boxing life, invited the neighboring countries to compete in an international event in Damascus where the host country won most of the gold medals.
The Syrian boxers proved top performance in the ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships, in the Islamic Solidarity Games and also in the Kulibayev Prizes Tournament this year. Their superb results delivered five quota places for the country in the upcoming Hamburg 2017 AIBA World Boxing Championships.
Iraq’s Mohamed Reda Hosen claimed the first gold medal in the event who dominated his light flyweight (49kg) final against Palestine’s Labeeb Moree. Mortada Read Qasem Al-Sudani claimed bronze medal in the 2013 ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships and achieved Iraq’s second title in the Damascus International Boxing Tournament. In the final of the flyweight (52kg) Al-Sudani was able to defeat Syria’s Ward Ali in a close contest.
Syria’s first gold medal in the Damascus International Boxing Tournament was achieved by Jafar Fahed at the bantamweight (56kg) where he was too strong for Iraq’s Haydar Kasem in the title bout. Syria’s Amar Merie is Youth National Champion and competed in the 2016 edition of the ASBC Asian Confederation Youth Boxing Championships in Pavlodar therefore his success over Iraq’s Mosab Al-Hossen was not a surprise.
Syria’s Mohamed Deeb is a talented young boxer who solved his tactical job in the final of the light welterweight (64kg) against Iraq’s Karim Lazim Kaim who competed in the 2016 AIBA Asian & Oceanian Olympic Qualification Event in Qian’an. Syria’s next gold medal was delivered by Khadeer Obaydah who triumphed over Iraq’s Anwar Kasem in the final of the welterweight (69kg).
Iraq’s Mozher Basel is No.2 in his country at the middleweight (75kg) behind Rio 2016 Olympian Waheed Abderredha Waheed but this time he received the right to box in the international level and the young hope was able to win a title after beating Syria’s veteran Abdelmouen Aziz. Syria’s new light heavyweight (81kg) champion Yahya Taha dominated his contests in the event and achieved the title in Damascus.
Alaaldin Ghossoun claimed bronze medal in the ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships in May and qualified for the Hamburg 2017 AIBA World Boxing Championships. Syria’s heavyweight (91kg) No.1 defeated Iraq’s Jabbar Aqeel Mamoon by large margin of difference in the final of the event. Syria’s last gold medal was captured by former National Champion Qayez Mahfoud who triumphed over Iraq’s Mohamed Moussa Hassan in the super heavyweight (+91kg).
List of the winners in the Damascus International Boxing Tournament
49kg: Mohamed Reda Hosen, Iraq
52kg: Mortada Read Qasem Al-Sudani, Iraq
56kg: Jafar Fahed, Syria
60kg: Amar Merie, Syria
64kg: Mohamed Deeb, Syria
69kg: Khadeer Obaydah, Syria
75kg: Mozher Basel, Iraq
81kg: Yahya Taha, Syria
91kg: Alaaldin Ghossoun, Syria
+91kg: Qayez Mahfoud, Syria