The boxing event of the 14th Chinese National Games started with exciting preliminaries in Shaanxi

The boxing event of the 14th Chinese National Games started in Shaanxi and exciting preliminary contests were on the schedule of the opening competition days. China’s top boxers secured their places in the last eight but Rio 2016 Olympic Games silver medallist Yin Junhua had an early exit from the event.

The best Chinese female and male boxers competed at the Tokyo Olympic Games but many of their new young hopes are also competing at the National Games which is their most important competition in 2021. The National Games holds every four years in China and boxing is one of the highlights of the multisport event.

There were strong qualification process of the National Games and it started in Zhejiang, Hubei and continued with its second stage in Baoan a few months ago. Hong Kong and Macau also could send boxers to the Chinese National Games which is their preparation for the 2022 Asian Games. The venue of the 14th Chinese National Games is the Sport Hall of the Yulin Vocational and Technical College.

Shaanxi’s Gu Hong achieved silver medal at the Tokyo Olympic Games where she had a tight final contest against Turkey’s Busenaz Surmeneli. The 33-year-old experienced welterweight (69kg) boxer did not have time to rest after the Olympic Games and started her first round against Wu Linghong of Beijing slowly. Gu Hong found her best rhythm in time to win the contest by unanimous decision but her main national rival, AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships silver medallist Yang Liu of Inner Mongolia is in excellent shape.

Yin Junhua achieved silver medal at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games but she was not able to qualify for the Tokyo edition at the featherweight (57kg). The experienced national team member met with Henan’s Ruan Mulan who was quarter-finalist in the 2020 Chinese National Championships. Ruan Mulan invited to the trainings of the national team but her success over Yin Junhua was one of the main sensations of the preliminaries.

Hong Kong’s Tso Sing Yu had 22 professional contests in the previous more than ten years and he competed also at the Asian & Oceanian Olympic Boxing Qualifying Event in Amman, Jordan on March 2020. The veteran featherweight (57kg) boxer could not find his best rhythm against Coal Mine Sports Association’s Wang Xinyan and had an early elimination from the National Games. 

There are two strong favourites at the men’s welterweight (69kg) in the Games, Wang Gang and Maimaitituersun Qiong. Wang Gang won the last 2017 National Games at the light welterweight (64kg) but he moved up one category and opened his campaign with a clear scoring decision on Day1. The 33-year-old Xinjiang-based Maimaitituersun Qiong finished his preliminary contest earlier, he stopped his first rival in the opening round.

Xinjiang’s Tuohetaerbieke Tanglatihan started well in the Tokyo Olympic Games and lost to only eventual winner Hebert Carvalho Souza of Brazil in the second preliminary round by split decision (2:3). The 25-year-old powerful middleweight (75kg) boxer landed tough punches in his first contest against Yang Yuhang of Shanghai and advanced to the quarter-finals winning the bout unanimously.

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