Indian Boxer Beats Chinese Opponent, Offers Belt Back As A Gesture Of Peace Between The Two Nations
August 6, 2017
An Indian boxer won a title fight against a Chinese opponent then offered to hand back the prize as a gesture of peace between the two nations which are locked in a territorial dispute in the Himalayas.
Photo credit: Rafiq Maqbool/AP
Vijender Singh beat Zulpikar Maimaitiali on points on Saturday to retain his WBO Asia Pacific super middleweight title and take his opponent's WBO Oriental super middleweight belt.
After the unanimous verdict in Mumbai, Singh took the microphone and said to the crowd: "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 gesture follows a stand-off in a remote frontier region beside the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan that has become increasingly tense.
China argues its territory extends south to an area called Gamochen, while India says Chinese control ends at Batanga La, further to the north.
About 3,000 troops from both countries are reportedly stationed near the border, The Guardian reports.
Little Girl Lip Syncs 'Girls Like You' With Daddy And It's The Cutest Thing Ever
Couple's Maternity Shoot In A Pumpkin Patch Has A Terrifying Ending
US Embassy Accidentally Invites People To Cat Pajama Party
Police Officer's Heartfelt Plea Describes The Side Of The Job You Don't Read About In The News
Three Sisters Are Going As The Hocus Pocus Witches For Halloween
Husband Responds To 'Women Are Bad Drivers' With Video Of Wife Parallel Parking Her Warship
Watch This High School Dance Team's Magical Harry Potter Routine
A Baby Tumbles Down A Hill On Live TV During A Rugby Match
Cat Has Existential Crisis After Magic Trick
Pilot Lands A Plane Sideways At Bristol Airport
Dad Hears Screaming Coming From His Bedroom And Captures The Cutest Video Ever