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NTHU’s Tu Victorious in the Golden Glove
Tu Po-wei, a sophomore in the Department of Physical Education, recently represented Taiwan at the 60th Golden Glove International Boxing Tournament held in Belgrade, Serbia. With a formidable combination of speed, strength, and explosive power, Tu came out on top in the 46–49kg weight category. Indeed, so impressive was Tu’s performance that quite a few European coaches were eager to find out more about him. Tu credits his victory to the rigorous training under coach Ko Wen-Ming and says he is looking forward to competing in future international competitions.
 
The Golden Glove Invitational, held annually in Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, is one of Europe's oldest boxing tournaments. This was the first time a male boxer from Taiwan has won an international tournament. In the preliminaries, Tu won an easy 3-0 victory over his Serbian opponent. In the finals he dominated his Sri Lankan opponent from start to finish, winning another 3-0 victory.
 
Coach Ko says that European boxing matches tend to be fierce and relentless, yet the Golden Glove is relatively more professional. Held in a large gymnasium with thousands of spectators, the highly charged atmosphere has a certain impact on the participants, but didn’t hinder Tu’s remarkable performance.
 
Competing in the lightest weight class, the mild-mannered Tu has an engaging smile, but once he gets in the ring he takes on an intense countenance brimming over with strength. Tu took first place in the 2015 Taipei City Cup International Boxing Tournament, and won silver medals at the 2016 World University Boxing Championship and the 2017 Taipei City Cup International Boxing Tournament.
 
"It's probably God's purpose that I took up boxing," says Tu, who initially excelled at track and field. But during junior high school a member of the boxing team invited him to join; he decided to give it a try, and the rest is history.
 
Tu, now 20, says that at first he wasn’t very good at boxing, but he did enjoy it, and soon began to train in earnest. While in the ninth grade, he won second place in the National High School Games, and afterwards there was no looking back.
 
Tu’s father is from Hsinchu and his mother, a member of the Atayal tribe is from Ilan. When his parents saw the intensity with which he boxes, they reluctantly gave him their blessings. Known for his courage and tenacity in the ring, Tu says, “I’ve had my share of defeats in the past, but each one has made me a better boxer!” Tu is currently preparing to compete in the Asian Games next August.
 

Tu Po-wei (right), a sophomore in the Department of Physical Education, defeated his Sri Lankan opponent (left) to come out on top in the 46–49kg weight category at the Golden Glove Tournament held in Belgrade, Serbia.

Tu Po-wei (right), a sophomore in the Department of Physical Education, defeated his Sri Lankan opponent (left) to come out on top in the 46–49kg weight category at the Golden Glove Tournament held in Belgrade, Serbia.


Tu is the first male boxer from Taiwan to win an international tournament.

Tu is the first male boxer from Taiwan to win an international tournament.

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