Thursday, 19 July, 2018

Battleground Asia: Vijender Singh beats China's Zulpikar, maintains unbeaten record

India boxer Vijender Singh sweats it out with his trainer Lee Beard during a training session in Juhu yesterday. Pic  Pradeep Dhivar India boxer Vijender Singh sweats it out with his trainer Lee Beard during a training session in Juhu yesterday. Pic Pradeep Dhivar
Vera Richards | 06 August, 2017, 00:48

Vijender's WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight title and Zulpikar's Oriental Super Middleweight title will be up for grabs when the two clash today at the National Sports Club of India (NSCI) in Worli, Mumbai.

"If I get a chance, I will take him down".

Vijender Singh defeated Chinese opponent Zulpika Maimaitiali in a closely fought bout which ended with a final score of 96-94, 95-94, 95-94. "If he is going to be aggressive, I will react accordingly", the Indian boxer said. "The bigger challenge for me is to win a world title and defend it", Zulpikar said through an interpreter.

"In pro boxing, eight fights is still the beginning of the journey". I don't consider him as an experienced boxer, he is young, but he is a strong kid and we are ready for it. "I have a game plan which I discussed with my coach, he (the coach) said stay calm, don't be in hurry", said Vijender, ahead of the August 5 fight , As Reported By Tribune. In July 16th 2016, Vijender secured his first title WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight Champion after defeating Kerry Hope of Australia. The Chinese was also penalised a couple of times as his punches were deemed to be low, catching Vijender below the belt. "I believe this is a level playing field except of course for the home advantage that Vijender will enjoy with the crowd behind him", Howell told mid-day.

However, he returned the title saying "I don't want this title because I don't want tension at the border (between India and China)".

"These are just ways to try and play mind games with your opponent, what eventually happens is in front of the entire nation in the ring", the 2008 Beijing Olympics bronze medallist said.

His trainer commenting on Vijender as a challenger, "I don't think Vijender knows Zulpikar as much as he thinks he does". The political situation has worsened between India and China with the military standoff in Doklam.

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