Shakhbakhsh, Mousavi and Rouzbahani are Iran’s best hopes at the ASBC Asian Elite Boxing Championships

The head coach of the Iranian national team Mr. Alireza Esteki selected eight boxers to attend at the ASBC Asian Elite Boxing Championships. Their two Tokyo Olympians as Daniyal Shakhbakhsh and Seyed Shahin Mousavi both will be attending in the re-located ASBC Asian Elite Boxing Championships in Dubai.

The ASBC Asian Elite Men’s and Women’s Boxing Championships will be starting from the 21st of May and it is extended until the 1st of June in the new venue in Dubai. The Iranian boxers earned two spots for the Tokyo Olympic Games through the Asian & Oceanian Olympic Boxing Qualifying Event which took place in Amman on March 2020.

The Iranian boxers achieved one bronze medal in the recent two editions of the ASBC Asian Elite Boxing Championships in Tashkent and in Bangkok in 2017 and in 2019. Their team claimed three bronze medals in the 2013 and 2015 editions in Amman and in Bangkok. Iran’s last finalist was Jasem Delavari in the 2011 ASBC Asian Elite Boxing Championships while their last champion was Ali Mazaheri in the 2007 Ulaanbaatar edition.

Omid Ahmadisafa achieved international tournament titles in 2018 and after that he moved up to the flyweight (52kg) where he is still enough tall for most of his opponents. Iran’s first Tokyo Olympian was Budapest 2018 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships quarter-finalist Daniyal Shakhbakhsh who will be turning to 21 only this year but he has the experience and the excellent technical skills.

Bagher Faraji defeated Ashkan Rezaei in the final of the last Iranian National Championships therefore he could be the country’s light welterweight (64kg) boxer in Dubai. Moslem Maghsoudi reached the quarter-finals in Bangkok two years ago but since then he moved up to the welterweight (69kg) and replaced Sajjad Kazemzadeh who claimed bronze in the 2017 Tashkent edition.

Iran’s most experienced national team member Seyed Shahin Mousavi achieved bronze medal at the Bangkok 2019 ASBC Asian Elite Boxing Championships and he qualified also for the Tokyo Olympic Games therefore he has got high expectations at the middleweight (75kg). Meysam Gheshlaghi is a new addition to the national team who will represent Iran at the light heavyweight (81kg).

Ehsan Rouzbahani joined to the international events in 2006 and the veteran boxer was quarter-finalist in the London 2012 Olympic Games. He moved up to the heavyweight (91kg) and has got medal expectations in the upcoming event in Dubai. Pourya Amiri competed in previous international events and will be making his debut in his new category at the super heavyweight (+91kg).

List of the Iranian team in the ASBC Asian Elite Boxing Championships
Men’s 52kg: Omid Ahmadisafa
Men’s 60kg: Daniyal Shakhbakhsh
Men’s 64kg: Bagher Faraji
Men’s 69kg: Moslem Maghsoudi
Men’s 75kg: Seyed Shahin Mousavi
Men’s 81kg: Meysam Gheshlaghi
Men’s 91kg: Ehsan Rouzbahani
Men’s +91kg: Pourya Amiri

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