The sleeping Eastern Dragon has awakened, with one breakthrough in boxing after another, since China revived boxing more than two decades ago.
Road to the Olympics
China's boxing rode upon a high-speed train on its ascending journey to the Olympus Hill.
In the 2004 Athens Olympics, there were five Chinese boxing athletes who qualified to compete in boxing. Zou Shiming was the only boxer to win a medal and end China's Olympic boxing medal drought by capturing one bronze. Apart from Zou, the second best was a fighter in the light heavyweight division who managed to qualify for the quarterfinal.
In the 2005 World Boxing Championships, Zou was crowned the 48kg champion and grabbed the first world amateur boxing gold medal for China, with three other compatriots making it to the last eight.
Two years later, at the 2007 World Boxing Championships, nearly 600 boxers from more than a hundred countries went to Chicago, yet China stood out from the crowd by reaping one gold, four bronze and seven "Olympic...
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