Hussain Ishaish and Ahmad Al-Matbouli have won their first round matches at the Asian Olympic Boxing Qualifiers in Qian’an, China, giving Jordan a great start to the tournament featuring no less than 11 of our fighters.
Al-Matbouli moved into the last 16 of the Light Welterweight section after a 3-0 win over Indonesia's Vinky Montolalu, and he will now fight Tajikistan's Aziz Bebitov on Wednesday for a place in the quarter final.
But already in the last eight is teammate Ishaish who eased past Siyovush Zukhorov of Tajikistan 3-0, and he will now fight Song Hwa-Pyeong in the Super Heavyweight category. Obadah Al Kisbeh (Lightweight) who was supposed to meet Choi Hae-ju of Korea, had an easy passage after the Korean boxer withdrew before the fight giving Obadah passage also to the quarter final.
On a negative note though, Odai Al Hindawi lost his Light Heavyweight first round contest 2-1 to China’s Shi Guojun.
Next up for Jordan are Ziad Oshaish (Middleweight) who takes on Korea's Lee Dong-Yun, team captain and 2012 Olympian Ihab Darweesh faces David Nyika of New Zealand in the Heavyweight and Reem Al Shammari will play North Korea's athlete.
The top three from each weight category will book their places on the plane to Rio de Janeiro with the championship running through until of April 2.