ONE IN THE EYE, FOR PEACE

India Today - - UPFRONT -

Boxer Vi­jen­der Singh re­tained his WBO Asia Pa­cific su­per mid­dleweight belt and took his Chi­nese op­po­nent’s ti­tle on Au­gust 5, win­ning ar­guably the tough­est fight of his brief pro­fes­sional ca­reer on points. It was a unan­i­mous de­ci­sion, all three judges scor­ing the bout in Singh’s favour. But af­ter the fight, the vic­to­ri­ous Singh of­fered his op­po­nent both belts. “This is a mes­sage for peace,” he said, “to tell their peo­ple: please take my belts, but do not come into my ter­ri­tory.” It is not known what his op­po­nent, who speaks lit­tle English, thought of the ges­ture. None­the­less, Singh ded­i­cated his win to “har­mony... Hindi Chini bhai bhai”.

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