Shahbakhsh, fellow stars triumph in Iranian Elite national competition

Top boxer Danial Shahbakhsh and fellow amateur stars emerged victorious in the Iranian Elite National Championships held recently in the city of Zahedan to secure their spot in the national team roster for the ASBC Asian Elite Championships next year.

The 22-year-old Shahbakhsh, who made history as the first Iranian to win a medal in the AIBA World Championships after taking a bronze last year in Belgrade, came through with a dominant 5-0 victory over Mohammad Kamali in the lightweight (60kg) title bout.

Shahbakhsh’s fellow Tokyo Olympics rep Seyed Shahin Mousavi defended his middleweight (75kg) belt with a 5-0 win against Sina Fazlollahi while Strandja Memorial Tournament silver winner Sajjad Mohammadpour pipped Pouria Abdolmaleki, 4-1, in featherweight (57kg).

ASBC Asian Youth 2013 silver medalist Siavash Omidi overwhelmed Seyed Hossein Mirahmadi, 5-0, in light heavyweight (80kg) even as Iran’s best super heavyweight (+92kg) Iman Ramezanpour crushed Mohammad Azizi, 5-0, to keep his status.

Also claiming the national titles this year were Jafar Naseri (minimumweight-48kg), Mostafa Rigi (fly-51kg), Mehdi Khosravi (bantam-54kg), Ashkan Rezaei (light welter-63.5kg), Ali Habibinejad (welter-67kg), Moslem Maghsoudi (light middle-71kg), Amin Majnouni (cruiser-86kg) and Toufan Sharifi (heavy-92kg).

The Iranian Elite National Championships, which pitted the country’s best boxers who were born from 1982 to 2003 and featured all 13 official weight classes, served as a selection tournament for the upcoming ASBC Asian Championships.

The list of the winners at the Iranian Elite National Championships
48kg: Jafar Naseri
51kg: Mostafa Rigi
54kg: Mehdi Khosravi
57kg: Sajjad Mohammadpour
60kg: Daniyal Shakhbakhsh
63.5kg: Ashkan Rezaei
67kg: Ali Habibinejad
71kg: Moslem Maghsoudi
75kg: Seyed Shahin Mousavi
80kg: Siavash Omidi
86kg: Amin Majnouni
92kg: Toufan Sharifi
+92kg: Iman Ramezanpour

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