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Indian boxer offers peace belt after beating Chinese rival

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Indian boxing and WBO Asia-Pacific Super Middleweight champion Vijender Singh, left, fights with WBO Oriental Super Middleweight champion of China Zul...
Indian boxing and WBO Asia-Pacific Super Middleweight champion Vijender Singh, centre, celebrates after winning the double title against WBO Oriental ...
Indian boxing and WBO Asia-Pacific Super Middleweight champion Vijender Singh, left, fights with WBO Oriental Super Middleweight champion of China Zul...
Indian boxing and WBO Asia-Pacific Super Middleweight champion Vijender Singh celebrates after winning the double title against WBO Oriental Super Mid...

Indian boxing and WBO Asia-Pacific Super Middleweight champion Vijender Singh, left, fights with WBO Oriental Super Middleweight champion of China Zul...

Indian boxing and WBO Asia-Pacific Super Middleweight champion Vijender Singh, centre, celebrates after winning the double title against WBO Oriental ...

Indian boxing and WBO Asia-Pacific Super Middleweight champion Vijender Singh, left, fights with WBO Oriental Super Middleweight champion of China Zul...

Indian boxing and WBO Asia-Pacific Super Middleweight champion Vijender Singh celebrates after winning the double title against WBO Oriental Super Mid...

NEW DELHI (AP) — 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 the 31-year-old Singh declared the winner in a unanimous verdict by the three judges.

Singh successfully defended his WBO Asia Pacific super middleweight title and also took his 23-year-old opponent's WBO Oriental super middleweight belt.

"I don't want this title. I will give it back to Zulpikar," Singh said. "I don't want tension on the border. It's a message of peace."

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


Updated : 2020-11-30 20:19 GMT+08:00