The 2022 Asian Women's & Men's Elite Boxing Championships are being held in Amman, Jordan. There are 10 male and female contestants from Taiwan. Taiwan's "Queen of Boxing" Chen Nian-chin has entered the women's 70kg final. In addition, Tokyo Olympic bronze medalist Huang Hsiao-wen and another female boxer Wu Shih-I both won bronze medals. Male boxer Lai Chu-en also took home a bronze medal in the men's light welterweight (63.5kg) division.
In the men's 63.5kg semi-finals at the Asian Elite Boxing Championships, Taiwanese Lai Chu-en faced off against Uzbekistan's young boxer Ruslan Abdullayev. Lai took the initiative to attack in the first round, but was unable to break through the opponent's defense and was forced to the corner many times.
Lai lost 0:5 in the first round. Abdullayev did not change his tactics in the second and third rounds and Lai lost both rounds. The final score was 0:5 as Lai won the bronze medal for his efforts. This bronze medal ended Taiwan's 11-year medal drought for male boxers at the Asian Championships. Although there is a five-hour time difference between Taiwan and Jordan, Lai and his coach Lo Shang-che shared their thoughts at 6 a.m. local time.
Lo Shang-che, Taiwan Team Coach: “This medal is extremely important to help promote Taiwanese men's boxing. It proves our Taiwanese male boxers can stand on their own in Asia and look toward the Olympics.”
The Chinese Taipei Boxing Association pointed out that international competition in men's boxing is very fierce. It is really not easy for Taiwanese boxers to stand out. This time, Lai won three matches in a row and won the bronze medal. The association hopes that men's boxing will be more valued and more funds will be invested.