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China on Top in the World Combat Games

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Boxing - Five Chinese boxers were crowned on the final competition day at the 1st World Combat Games in Beijing, putting the local squad first among the teams.

The biggest name in the event was Olympic Champion and two-time World Champion Zou Shiming, who became a legend in 2003 when he acquired China's first-ever World Championship medal in Bangkok. Zou started the local team's long successful day after beating Tajikistan's youth boxer Safoviddin Yusufi by 7:1 in the light flyweight.

Dagoberto Aguero of the Dominican Republic defeated top favourite Chinese Li Chao in the semi-final and after his great success the 17-year-old boxer was defeated by South Asian Games silver medalist Muhammad Waseem. It was Pakistan's biggest international boxing success this year.

China's Zhang Jiawei acquired the gold medal without a fight due to Joseph Cordina's injury, but the Welsh boxer of Maltese origin nevertheless reached the best result in his career.

Two-time Olympian and Asian Championships bronze medalist Assylbek Talasbayev of Kyrgyzstan led 2:0 after the first round in the lightweight final but his Arabic Games winner Egyptian opponent Mohamed Ramadan Eliwa turned the fight and won the bout by accepted scores.

Kyrgyzstan's newcomer Ermek Sakenov moved up a weight class this year into 64kg and it was a great succes for him in Beijing, where he won each of the three rounds with one point against Xinjing-based Hu Richabilige of China. The final verdict was 8:5 to Sakenov and he may well be included in Kyrgyzstan's Asian Games squad.

Feliks Stamm Tournament winner and multiple National Champion 22-year-old Vasile Belous of Moldova caused the biggest upset in the finals by beating Beijing Olympian and local rising star Maimati Tusunqiong with his great first round to claim the gold.

Asian Champion Zhang Jianting of China had a very hard battle against strong Lithuanian Vladimir Milevskij in the middleweight final. 26-year-old Milevskij took the lead in the first round but Zhang equalized the short advantage and won the contest by accepted scores.

Another Chinese-Lithuanian fight was held in the eighth contest of the day, where Benazir Bhutto Tournament winner Meng Fanlong defeated Tadas Tamasauskas with a large margin of 12:2 in the 81kg weight class.

EU Championships silver medalist Constantin Bejenaru of Romania hammered his younger opponent from Jordan Ahmad Al-Teimat in the first round and maintained his advantage for the rest of the bout to win the heavyweight class.

Olympic Games silver medalist Zhang Zhilei of China has been included to the national squad since 2003 and therefore had more experience than his Romanian rival Mihai Nistor in the superheavy weight class final. Zhang took the crown in Beijing after Nistor's ringside staff abandoned the fight in the third round.

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