Chinese Taipei’s women team including AIBA Women’s World Champion Lin Yu Ting earned gold medals in the Taipei City Cup
The finals were held in the 9th edition of the Taipei City Box Cup which was a strong international competition in the capital city of Chinese Taipei where the event saw four sessions of female and male boxing. The top female boxers from Chinese Taipei dominated the women’s finals, but China, South Korea, DPR Korea and New Zealand also won titles in the new edition of the Taipei City Box Cup.
The Taipei City Box Cup was launched in 2011 with its first edition and gave chance for the elite female and male boxers to raise their international experiences in a friendly event. Australia, China, DPR Korea, Hong Kong, Japan, Kazakhstan, South Korea, Malaysia, Mongolia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore and Russia also sent boxers to Taipei City in the recent editions and many of them returned to the event this year.
The first gold medal of the 9th Taipei City Box Cup was achieved by a Chinese boxer Zhao Tiantian who defeated a top favourite at the women’s flyweight (51kg). The Chinese girl shocked Chinese Taipei’s Pin Meng Chieh who was quarter-finalist in the Jeju 2014 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships and won several international tournaments during her career. The 32-year-old Pin was more experienced but she suffered an unexpected loss in the first final of the event.
Chinese Taipei’s first title was achieved by ASBC Asian Women’s Boxing Championships silver medallist Huang Hsiao Wen who attended at the bantamweight (54kg) in the event. The local favourite used her height advantage against Wang Shaofeng who is a 20-year-old Chinese talent and won two tough contests during her road to the finals. Huang worked well and her footwork was too quick for the younger Chinese in the final of the event.
Chinese Taipei’s Lin Yu Ting was gold medallist at the bantamweight (54kg) in the New Delhi 2018 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships and she claimed gold at the featherweight (57kg) in the Bangkok 2019 ASBC Asian Boxing Championships. Lin attended at the lightweight (60kg) in the Taipei City Box Cup but she was enough well-prepared to win the title following her success over China’s Li Zijun.
Another young local hope, the 21-year-old Wu Shih Yi achieved also silver medal at the Bangkok 2019 ASBC Asian Boxing Championships as Huang Hsiao Wen this April. Wu returned to the light welterweight (64kg) but she felt the best fighting distance from the first seconds against China’s Li Ningning. The fourth Chinese Taipei girl who achieved gold in the event was Wu Pei Yi who had a tough battle in the final of the middleweight (75kg) against New Zealand’s Stephanie Trotter.
South Korea’s newcomer Kwak Bum Seo had a hard opponent as first as he had to eliminate Malaysia’s ASBC Asian Youth Boxing Championships quarter-finalist 18-year-old Muhammad Rasdenal Haikal in a top light flyweight (49kg) bout. Kwak performed much better in the final and defeated China’s Chen Zongjun winning the bout by RSC. South Korea’s second title was achieved by Seo Tae Hoon who used his strength to beat New Zealand’s Matthew Crawford in the final of the male lightweight (60kg).
Chinese Taipei’s former youth national team member 20-year-old Hong Chuan Hsun impressed against DPR Korea’s Pae Song Hwa in the final of the male flyweight (52kg) keeping the gold medal in Taipei. DPR Korea’s second finalist was Han Ryang Ho who was more confident in the final of the bantamweight (56kg) than China’s Xu Wenxian and earned the gold medal in Taipei.
List of the winners in the Taipei City Box Cup
Women’s 51kg: Zhao Tiantian, China
Women’s 54kg: Huang Hsiao Wen, Chinese Taipei
Women’s 60kg: Lin Yu Ting, Chinese Taipei
Women’s 64kg: Wu Shih Yi, Chinese Taipei
Women’s 75kg: Wu Pei Yi, Chinese Taipei
Men’s 49kg: Kwak Bum Seo, South Korea
Men’s 52kg: Hong Chuan Hsun, Chinese Taipei
Men’s 56kg: Han Ryang Ho, DPR Korea
Men’s 60kg: Seo Tae Hoon, South Korea
Men’s 64kg: Kao Shi Yan, Chinese Taipei
Men’s 69kg: Wendell Stanley, New Zealand
Men’s 75kg: Kan Chia Wei, Chinese Taipei
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