Ahmed & Mohammed Elomar
By Paul Upham: So many times in big time boxing today, a lack of genuine entertainment is turning fans away from the sport. It is refreshing then when you come across younger boxers who take their role as sporting entertainers very seriously. For Sydney born brothers Ahmed "Trigger" Elomar and Mohammed "Moey" Elomar, keeping the fans entertained is as important as winning. The two will appear on this Sunday's Danny Green-Anthony Mundine card in Perth and those fans watching in the sold out Challenge Stadium arena and on pay-per-view around the country can look forward to some real old fashioned slugging action.
"It is going to be exciting," said Ahmed Elomar 10-0 (4). "Especially when you know there is going to a full house. Khoder Nasser has given us a chance to fight on a big card."
"I haven't had this many butterflies for a long time," said Mohammed Elomar 9-0 (2). "It's too exciting for me. I love a big crowd."
22 year-old Ahmed Elomar will face Thailand's Thongchareon Patavikorngym over six rounds at featherweight, while 21 year-old Mohammed Elomar will face Wayu Windygym also from Thailand over six rounds at junior lightweight.
"This is a huge chance for both of them," said trainer Billy Hussein. "Khoder Nasser and Anthony Mundine have been very good to them giving them a number of fights on the Mundine undercards. Anthony likes having them on his cards and they are exciting to watch. There is nothing special about them when it comes to natural gifts, but they work very hard in the gym. They both work jobs outside of boxing as well. They work long days and they are very dedicated and never miss a day of training."
While the two have unbeaten professional records, it has been a thrilling ride for their fans. Both men coming from behind to win fights as they regularly stand toe to toe to trade with their opponents.
"They believe in having exciting fights and giving the fans what they want to see," said Hussein. "Of course, as a trainer it is heart attack material sometimes. They are learning the game now and are still young. They are progressing slowly and we are not rushing at all. Fighting on this card is like fighting on a De La Hoya-Mosley card in the USA. It's a massive card for them. In the USA, they don't showcase the up and comers on television on the major cards like we do here in Australia."
"It makes the fight so much bigger being on this Mundine-Green card," said Mohammed Elomar. "I just want to put on a show for the people. I know I have to win, but I want to put on an entertaining fight. Billy does have heart attacks with us. I try to box the first round like he tells me, but it normally ends up in a war. I just love to go out and throw punches."
The Elomar brothers have quickly established a reputation as two of the countries most consistently entertaining boxers, which has helped them secure televised opportunities like this.
"That's what they say," said Ahmed Elomar. "I hope it's working. I like to put on a good show. I like to take risks. Get in there and fight."
"We came from a hard backyard," explains Mohammed Elomar. "Our dad has always told us to put on a good fight for the fans. If I win and I don't put on a good show, I don't feel so good afterwards."
For Ahmed, watching his brother fight can be more stressful than fighting himself.
"He gives me heart attacks," he explained. "When it's your brother fighting, you worry. But when I'm fighting, I don't think Mohammed worries as much. He likes to push me more into taking risks when I fight. He reckons I fight better that way. When we are both fighting on the same night, I like Moey fighting first, then I have my fight. My fight is a headache for me, but his fights give me more headaches."
Ahmed is also gaining a reputation for flair outside the ring. Before his fight with Daniel Hoskins for the vacant Australian junior lightweight title which he won on points, he stunned the crowd riding into the Homebush arena on a white Arabian horse.
"I love my horses and I'm starting to breed the Arabians," said Elomar. "When I am with the horses and doing the bull riding, it psychs me up. If a bull can't break me, I guess no one else is going to break me."
He is also a real survivor after enduring a horrific ten metre fall in a Sydney city building work site in June 2004. Working as a boiler-making supervisor, Ahmed Elomar went over a clear drop and only managed to partially break his fall by grabbing onto a chain block. "Even while I was falling, I was thinking, 'there goes my boxing career," he recalls. Ahmed fell on his left side breaking two ribs and rupturing his spleen and spent three weeks in hospital. Medical specialists had to 'glue' his spleen back together and the promising featherweight was told that he wouldn't be able to fight for around twelve months. But not only did he return to the ring victorious six months later in December 2004, he looked even more impressive as he won his 4th professional fight.
"Ahmed and Moey are both progressing nicely," said Hussein. "Slowly but surely. In different ways one is ahead of the other. Moey has a bit more skill than Ahmed, but Ahmed is a lot stronger both physically and mentally. They both encourage each other and talk about their mistakes. They train together well. I think featherweight could be the best weight class for both of them right now. But I wouldn't be surprised if Ahmed fights at junior featherweight a little later."