KUWAIT CITY, Jan 27: The end of the preliminary rounds of the First Arab Juniors Boxing Championship revealed the possible top winners in the ongoing event at Sulaibikhat Sports Club until Jan 29 under the patronage of Director General of the Public Authority for Sports (PAS) Dr Hamoud Al-Fuleiteh.
The battle for the championship title has been limited to six national teams with Algeria getting the lion’s share through the qualification of 12 boxers out of 13 weight categories to the semi-finals, followed by Syria with nine qualifiers, Kuwait with eight, Egypt with seven, Iraq with six, Tunisia with five, Morocco and Palestine with two each, and Libya with one.
The final matches will start at 5:00 pm Tuesday for all the 13 weight categories, which will comprise of 26 boxers representing nine Arab countries. All the boxers are aiming for the gold medals in the championship.
Kuwaiti boxer Muhammad Al-Ansari had a promising performance in the 54 kilograms category as he dominated the matches against Syria’s Jafar Al-Masri, winning through unanimous decision; whereas his compatriot Saeed Al-Shammeri lost to Egypt’s Muhammad Mahmoud in the 63 kilograms category.