Ruthless Vijender ready to go for the kill

Jigar Hindocha
Friday, 30 June 2017

“He is just a kid. I will take his belt and show him what Indians are made up off,” boasted Vijender Singh when he was asked about his opponent Chinese Zulpikar Maimaitiali in what is termed as ‘double title’ fight.

Indian Pro-Boxing star Vijender Singh takes on China’s Zulpikar Maimaitiali on August 5 in Mumbai

Mumbai: Indian Pro boxing king Vijender is all set to take on Zulpikar in the ‘Battle Ground of Asia’ at the NSCI Dome in Mumbai on August 5.
The bout will is termed as ‘double title’ fight as both the players will put their titles on the stake. Whoever wins will be called ‘King of Asia’.
China’s undefeated star boxer has 8 bouts under his name, same as

Zulpikar’s challenge
Zulpikar has scored 5 knockout wins, and has fought 24 rounds. His last bout was with African boxer Thomas Mashali where he won his current WBO title in the Oriental Super Middleweight last year.

“I am not worried about Vijender, I will knock him out,” said Zulpikar.
Vijender will be back in action after the gap of five months-his last bout was in Delhi when he defended the WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight Champion title beating Tanzanian boxer Francis Cheka.

“The bout was delayed due to some reasons, otherwise I was prepared to take over him in April. I was busy with my training schedule in Manchester,” said Vijender.

Rise of Pro boxing
Following Vijender’s footsteps, three fellow boxers - Akhil Kumar, Jitender Kumar and Neeraj Goyat will make their debut in pro boxing. Jitender, Akhil and Vijender were the members of Beijing Olympics boxing quadrant.

“It feels nice to get together with Vijender and Jitender. We had good time in Bejing. Here we want to take country forward,” said Akhil
Kumar. Neeraj took part in Commonwealth Youth Games when Vijender won Olympic bronze in Beijing.

“I always used to admire the trio of Jitender, Akhil and Vijender now we will be performing on the same stage, which will be very proud moment for me,” said Vijender.

Neerav Tomar the promoter of IOS Boxing Promotion was happy with the way things are turning in India as regards to pro boxing and was happy that more boxers are taking to the pro ring.

“Pro Boxing was introduced very late in India. Now it has began to take grip which is really a good step by boxers,” said Tomar.

Boxers and their categories

-    Vijender Singh (Super Middleweight)
-    Akhil Kumar (Junior Welterweight 63kg)
-    Jitender Kumar (Lightweight 61kg)
-    Neeraj Goyat (Welterweight 66kg)
-    Kuldeep Dhanda (Lightweight 61kg)
-    Pradeep Kharera (Welterweight 66kg)
-    Dharmender Grewal (Cruiserweight 89kg)

Vijender Prepared
- Vijender Singh, Beijing Olympics bronze medallist, has been training in Manchester, UK with his trainer Lee Beard for the bout, the first ticket of which was presented to Sachin Tendulkar .

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