Veterans as Al-Masri and Moulayes were the best boxers at the Syrian Test Sparring Event but the new generation also shined

The Syrian Arab Boxing Association arranged a Test Sparring Event after the quarantine rules in the country which supported the preparation of the boxers to the upcoming events. Some of the veterans as Hussin Al-Masri or Mohamed Moulayes controlled their weight classes but several new young hopes amazed in the Test Sparring Event.

Altogether 36 boxers attended in the Syrian Test Sparring Event in Damascus which took place in the Boxing Hall of the Alfeayhaa Sport Complex in their capital city. The Syrian Test Sparring Event was held for their elite male boxers including a few top youth talents involved to select the new national team.

The three-days long Syrian Test Sparring Event supported the next phase of the preparations of the boxers. The Syrian officials and coaches followed the performance of the boxers and their physical conditions. Among Syria’s best boxers such as ASBC Asian Boxing Championships bronze medallists trio Ahmad Ghossoun and Alaaldin Ghossoun were not able to attend in the event due their injuries and examinations.  

The President of the Syrian Arab Boxing Association Mr. Mohamed Kamel Shbib is one of the most experienced boxing officials in the Western Asian region who followed the event and during that he was elected as Vice-President of the Syrian National Olympic Committee. The Syrian Boxing Association prepared well to the event and followed all safety instructions, social distancing, mask wearing and hygienic rules during the event.

Islamic Solidarity Games winner Hussin Al-Masri was the best at the flyweight (52kg) and the 29-year-old experienced boxer defeated National Champion Ward Ali and Salman Mohamed in the Test Sparring Event. A young talent Bilal Khoukhdar defeated his two top rivals, National Champion Mohamed Ali and Hussin Layeth at the bantamweight (56kg) proving his strong developments.

The 22-year-old Ammar Merie competed at the 2016 edition of the ASBC Asian Youth Boxing Championships and his international experiences paid off in the Test Sparring Event but one of the Syrian teenagers, Youth National Champion Haydar Al-Assali was competitive with him at the lightweight (60kg). National Champion Mohammad Kheir Mousatat controlled his fights at the light welterweight (64kg) as expected.

Two-time Youth National Champion Jaafar Ismaiel is Syria’s best hope in the 2002 age group who has done his very best in the Test Sparring Event and won the welterweight (69kg). Syrian Youth National Championships silver medallist Yousef Al-Majri of Aleppo moved up to the middleweight (75kg) and the 19-year-old talent was the best in the category.

A 17-year-old Army boxer Farooq Jenidi impressed at the light heavyweight (81kg) during the event and he was invited to the national team following his performance in Damascus. At the heavyweight (91kg) 22-year-old Omran Al-Sharif also proved developments in comparison to the previous national events. Two-time ASBC Asian Boxing Championships bronze medallist Mohamed Moulayes and Youth National Champion Kenan Ali Mourie were the best boxers at the super heavyweight (+91kg).

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