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The Rise of Boxing in China Part I: The Evolution

By Zhenyu Li On August - 2 - 2012

As the 2012 London Games is underway, Olympic boxing may grab more attention than prizefighting in the coming weeks.

China, the biggest winner at the previous Olympic boxing tournament, is a hot favorite to shine in the brightest spotlight.

On a hot afternoon four years ago in August, at the Beijing Workers' Gymnasium, China closed its 51-gold solo Olympic show with two golds, one silver and one bronze medal in the square ring, emerging as the new king in the amateur boxing world.

The Asian giant smashed the triopoly of Cuba, Russia and the United States, each of whom had ruled the tally table in boxing at every Olympics since 1942.

However, only two decades ago, during the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, competitors were delighted to face off against Chinese boxers. The best that the Chinese coaches hoped for was that each of their fighters might stay on his feet a bit longer than the one before him.

In the following decade, no Chinese boxers had ever stood on an Olympic podium.

By the close of the 2008 Summer Games, China had...

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