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NEW DELHI – Indian boxer Vijender Singh won his fight on Saturday and then offered to give his Chinese opponent's belt back in a gesture of peace between the two rival nations.
The fight against China's Zulpikar Maimaitiali went all 10 rounds with the 31-year-old Singh declared the winner in a unanimous verdict by the three judges.
Singh successfully defended his WBO Asia Pacific super middleweight title and also took his 23-year-old opponent's WBO Oriental super middleweight belt.
"I don't want this title. I will give it back to Zulpikar," Singh said. "I don't want tension on the border. It's a message of peace."
The countries have been involved in a lingering dispute over a contested region high in the Himalayas where China, India and Bhutan meet.