Although local media does not give much coverage to Olympic Boxing or the international achievements of Maltese Olympic Boxers, we in fact have a small number of Maltese boxers who are achieving success on the continent.
Foremost amongst Malta’s top Olympic Boxers is 24 year old Haithem Lamous, with no less than 50 fights – 41 wins of which only four of these encounters were with local opposition the rest being against opponents from the UK, Italy, Sweden, Denmark and a number of other countries. Lamous has also won a number of top Olympic Boxing Events.
Haithem started his international boxing career in 2009 in Limassol Cyprus and later that year participated in the Milan, AIBA world championships, in November of 2009 Haithem had his first taste of success when he got gold in an England vs. Malta club tournament, in 2010 he made the quarter finals at the prestigious Mohamed IV tournament in Morocco. At this point in time the Maltese Olympic Boxing Federation was suspended by the AIBA and Haithem had to take up residence in London to allow him to pursue his boxing career. Under the tutelage of Steve Walters and Julian Borg, in 2010 Haithem made it to the finals of the famous Haringey Cup and in the UK 2010 – 2011 boxing season won seven of his next nine matches and in June of 2012 he became London Champion and quarter finalist in the English national boxing championships, in May of 2012 he made the finals at a multi nation club tournament in Ireland, then in June of 2012 he won the finals of the multi nation Haringey Cup, club tournament, in 2013 he won four matches and got Gold at the Sweden box cup, Uppsala region and the Sweden box cup, Orebro region, then in June he defeated the Swiss elite champion Meuli Zino.
In August of 2013 the Malta Boxing Federation, was readmitted to the AIBA and Haithem was once again boxing officially for Malta. In September of 2013 Haithem won the Falcon Cup in Sweden defeating Kabir Mierabi with a 2nd round tko and Simon Svense in the finals also with a 2nd round tko (Malta Today Report). In November of 2013 he won a club tournament in Sicily by a 3rd round KO and in the same month he defeated vs Osman Ntuvev and Mohamed al Maliki to win the Swedish, King of the Ring Tournament.
Haithem’s next fight will be in Denmark on the 8th of February when he will face the Danish 64KG Olympic Boxing champion Ahmed Khattab.