Taiwan earns 1st, 2nd ever international boxing golds
By John Liu, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taiwanese female boxer Chen Nien-chin (陳念琴) yesterday defeated her Chinese opponent 3-0 to win the 75kg weight category title match at the AIBA Women's Youth & Junior World Championships held in Bulgaria.
September 29, 2013, 12:03 am TWN
It was the first time in Taiwan's history that a gold medal was won in an international boxing tournament.
Her teammate, Lin Yuting (林郁婷), later added another gold for Taiwan after beating her opponent from Turkey in the 51kg category final late yesterday Taiwan time.
The gold medal has significantly enhanced the morale of other team members, said Chen's coach Ceng Tze-chiang (曾自強), speaking over the phone.
Chen's speed and explosive force demonstrated in the tournament have attracted the attention of boxers and coaches from other countries.
Given that Chen only began her boxing training three years ago, many foreign coaches have recognized Chen as a specially gifted “genius” boxer.
Chen showed signs of nerves and was not at her best in the first round, Ceng said. However, she regained confidence in the second and her performance continued to improve in the third round, resulting in her victory.
Chen grew up in Matsu Island and is currently studying in Year 11 at Hsinchu Municipal Cheng Te High School.
Before the completion, Chen aimed “to bring a gold medal back to Taiwan.”
Although weighing less than 75 kilograms, she participated in the 75kg category match. Despite her smaller size, Chen was still able to outmatch her opponents, her coach said.