Indian boxer beats Chinese rival but doesn’t want his belt | Inquirer Sports
Close  

Indian boxer beats Chinese rival but doesn’t want his belt

/ 01:09 PM August 07, 2017

Indian boxing and WBO Asia-Pacific Super Middleweight champion Vijender Singh, left, fights with WBO Oriental Super Middleweight champion of China Zulpikar Maimaitiali, right, during their fight for the double title in Mumbai, India, Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

NEW DELHI — Indian boxer Vijender Singh won his fight on Saturday and then offered to give his Chinese opponent’s belt back in a gesture of peace between the two rival nations.

The fight against China’s Zulpikar Maimaitiali went all 10 rounds with Singh the winner in a unanimous verdict — 96-93, 95-94, 95-94.

ADVERTISEMENT

Singh successfully defended his WBO Asia Pacific super middleweight title and also took his opponent’s WBO Oriental super middleweight belt.

Singh hugged top Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan and other celebrities among fans at the National Sports Club of India in Mumbai, the country’s financial and entertainment capital.

FEATURED STORIES

Singh then came back into the ring, took the microphone and said: “I don’t want this title. I will give it back to Zulpikar.”

He added: “I don’t want tension on the border. It’s a message of peace. That’s important.”

The countries have been involved in a lingering dispute over a contested region high in the Himalayas where China, India and Bhutan meet.

Get the hottest sports news straight into your inbox

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.
Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: belt, Boxing, peace, Vijender Singh, Zulpikar Maimaitiali
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

Subscribe to our sports news

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and
acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.



© Copyright 1997-2021 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.