by David P. Greisman
Mohammed Elomar — an Australian boxer who primarily fought at featherweight and junior lightweight — has a warrant out for his arrest for allegedly joining the militant group known as the Islamic State, or the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, according to News.com.au.
“Elomar can be found on Twitter gleefully holding up the severed heads of two of his enemies as part of the terrorist insurgency in Syria and Iraq,” the article said.
Elomar, 29, fought as a pro largely from 2004 to 2008, then once more in 2013. He went 19-1 with 9 knockouts and 1 no contest, with the lone loss coming because of disqualification due to low blows in a bout against Matt Powell in 2007, according to BoxRec.
His brother, former 130-pound prospect Ahmed Elomar, is facing at least two and a half years behind bars for hitting a police officer with a flagpole during a 2012 protest in Australia, one of many international protests held in response to an infamous video on YouTube, according to The Sydney Morning Herald.
“With time served, Elomar will be eligible for release on March 3, 2016. His maximum sentence is four years and eight months,” the newspaper reported in June.
The 31-year-old turned pro in 2004 and fought through 2010, going 16-1-2 with 9 knockouts.
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