Jordanian brothers Hussein and Zeyad IASHAISH rocked the Prince Hamzah Hall in Amman, during day-4 of the Boxing Road to Tokyo Asian/Oceanian qualifier being held there from 3 to 11 March.
The two athletes, competing in the Men’s Heavyweight (81-91kg) and in the Men’s Welterweight (63-69kg) categories, won their respective bouts, advancing to the quarter-finals and getting one step closer to a Tokyo 2020 quota place.
Supported by the cheering home crowd, they both achieved a 5-0 unanimous decision win over their opponents.
Ranked eighth in the world, and number four seed in this tournament, Zeyad beat Australia’s Jason MALLIA. His older brother Hussein, also seeded fourth here in Amman, shattered South Korea’s Hyeongkyu Kim’s hopes, beating him after a standing count.
“I promised our mother that we would give her a birthday present of both of us qualifying and we delivered,” said 25-year-old Hussein. “This is a big moment, not only for our family but for all of Jordan. Thank you so much for the support: we will not let you down.”
Hussein – who reached the quarter-finals at the Olympics in Rio – will meet American Samoa’s Alto Leau PLODZICKI-FAOAGALI on Sunday, chasing his second Olympic participation. In the other heavyweight match contested today, Tajikistan’s Davlat BOLTAYEV booked a slot in the quarter-finals beating Mongolia’s Erdenebayar SANDAGSUREN.
“This will be Hussein Ishaish’s year,” Hussein said. “I am feeling strong. I will fight anyone to reach Tokyo.”
Competing in the same session as his brother on Sunday, 21-year-old Zeyad – an Asian Games bronze medallist – will meet 19-year-old Marion AH TONG of American Samoa, who beat 2017 Asian Games bronze medallist Sajjad POSHTIRI of Iran to move ahead in the tournament. In the same Men’s Welterweight category (63-69kg), World bronze medallist and reigning Asian Games champion Bobo-Usmon BATUROV (Uzbekistan) beat Dominic ROE (New Zealand), and China’s Qiong MAIMAITITU ERSUN beat Pakistan’s ZAIB Gul, both by a unanimous decision.
“It felt amazing to be boxing here in front of all of my family and friends,” Zeyad said. “It is so special boxing in my homeland, and nothing will stop me getting to Tokyo now.”
In the first Men’s Super-Heavyweight (+91kg) bout, Bahrain’s Danis LATYPOV dominated and claimed a pass to the next phase of the competition, beating South Korea’s SONG Hwapyeong as the referee stopped the contest 1:06 minutes into the third round, after two standing counts. New Zealand’s Leuila MAU’U also advanced to the quarter-final with a clear victory over Tajikistan’s Siyovush ZUKHUROV.
Earlier this morning, in the Women’s Welterweight (64-69kg) division, Shinetsetseg URANBILEG of Mongolia outscored New Zealand’s Ariane NICHOLSON by a split decision, at the end of a very close match. In the same category, Asian Youth Boxing champion Baison MANIKON of Thailand met Nilufar BOBOYOROVA of Tajikistan, and beat her by a unanimous decision.
In the only Women’s Middleweight (69-75kg) bout on today’s schedule, it was Myagmarjargal MUNKHBAT of Mongolia who went through, claiming victory over Chinese Taipei’s WU Pei-Yi.
The Boxing Road to Tokyo Asian/Oceanian qualifying event, which will see 221 athletes (151 men and 70 women) from 35 countries competing for 63 Olympic quota places in 13 weight categories (eight men’s and five women’s events), will run until 11 March. Tomorrow, 24 more preliminary bouts will be contested at the Prince Hamzah Hall, with action due to begin at 11 a.m.
Follow the action live
Fans can watch the action live on the Olympic Channel, with all the women’s and men’s bouts across all weight categories available with commentary in English, Russian and Hindi, beginning on 3 March at 11 a.m. EET (local time). Coverage will be available in all territories worldwide for free at olympicchannel.com and on its apps for mobile and connected TV devices.
News, photos and results will be posted online on the dedicated Amman qualifier page of the Athlete365 Boxing Corner platform. We encourage fans to join the conversation online using the hashtag #Boxing.