Six Syrians will fight for the medals at the Mediterranean Games in Oran

National team star Ahmad Ghossoun and five other boxers will represent Syria in the 2022 Mediterranean Games that will kick off on June 25 in Oran, Algeria.

The 26-year-old Ghossoun, a bronze medalist in the Asian Boxing Confederation (ASBC) Asian Championships, will aim to defend his middleweight (75kg) title against strong contenders including his rival Italy’s Salvatore Cavallaro, France’s Moreno Fendero, Algeria’s Younes Nemouchi and Morocco’s Mohammed Rabii.

Three-time Asian bronze winner Mohamed Moulayes will fight it out in the super heavyweight (+91kg) division while national champions Alaaldin Ghossoun and Abdalhameed Youssef will compete in the heavyweight (91kg) and light heavyweight (81kg) classes, respectively.

National squad rookie Belal Joukhdar will have his baptism of fire in featherweight (57kg) while fellow newcomer Abdulhadi Nakkash will also have his mettle tested in the major Algerian coastal city.

Syrian Arab Boxing Association president Mohamed Kamel Shbib sent the national pugs to various training camps ahead of the event that drew a total of 161 boxers in both men’s and women’s divisions.

The Syrian national boxing team will aim to eclipse its 1-1-1 gold-silver-bronze medal haul in the previous edition held last 2018 in Tarragona, Spain.

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