Syria’s new elite national team member Ammar Haidar advanced to the finals of the Arab Boxing Championships in Khartoum

The highlight of the week, the Arab Elite Boxing Championships continued with its third competition day in Sudan’s capital city in Khartoum where 10 champions will be crowned after the finals in the official ten male weight classes. The Syrian boxers proved tough performance in the third competition day in Khartoum including their newcomer young hope Ammar Haidar at the light welterweight (64kg).
AIBA Executive Committee member and ASBC Vice-President Mr. Yousuf Ali Al-Kazim is following the contests in the venue in Sudan’s capital. The Western Asian National Federations sent teams to the Arab Elite Boxing Championships which is one of their last active preparations to the upcoming Bangkok ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships. The Sudan Boxing Federation hosted also the last 2018 edition of the Arab Elite Boxing Championships and the competition returned to the African country once again.

Syria’s newcomer Ammar Haidar impressed in the semi-finals
Syria sent a strong team to the Arab Elite Boxing Championships and some of their boxers are newcomer in the elite level and Khartoum is their first big international competition. Among them Ammar Haidar was quarter-finalist in the Pavlodar 2016 ASBC Asian Confederation Youth Boxing Championships but in the elite tournaments he is still inexperienced. The young Syrian not only won his semi-final over Lybia’s Mahmed Hafith Al-Mansouri but he dominated all of the rounds and advanced to the title bout of the light welterweight (64kg). His final opponent will be Morocco’s strong Hamza Rabii who is member of the national elite team since 2015.

Syria’s No.1 Ahmad Ghossoun is also finalist in the Arab Boxing Championships
Syria’s Ahmad Ghossoun claimed silver medal in the 2014 ASBC Asian Confederation Youth Boxing Championships and bronze at the 2015 ASBC Asian Confederation Elite Boxing Championships. Syria’s top rated elite boxer moved up to the middleweight (75kg) and following his strong performance at the Makran Box Cup in Iran, he continued his winning path also in the Arab Elite Boxing Championships. The 23-year-old boxer was confident against Qatar’s Mohammed Abdulla and the referee stopped their contest in the third round which means Ghossoun will be meeting for the gold with Algeria’s Younes Nemouchi.

Qatar’s Thulasi Tharumalingam continued his strong performance in Khartoum
Qatar’s best boxer Thulasi Tharumalingam joined to their national team in 2015 and following his tough efforts he qualified for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Since that event he moved up to the welterweight (69kg) and uses the Khartoum event as preparation for the ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships. Qatar’s No.1 knocked out Lybia’s newcomer Emhamed Elmagassbi in his opening contest in Khartoum and continued his winning path in the semi-finals. Tharumalingam had a more competitive rival Morocco’s Sofiane Tachi but his strengths and stamina were perfect combo to beat his North African opponent.

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