Vijender to defend WBO Asia Pacific title on December 17

The fight night will also see top Indian boxers, including Akhil Kumar and Jitender Kumar, make their pro-boxing debut.

Published: 08th November 2016 07:35 PM  |   Last Updated: 09th November 2016 06:38 AM   |  A+A-

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Star Indian boxer Vijender Singh celebrates after beating Australia's Kerry Hope and won the WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight Championship at Thyagaraj Sports Complex in New Delhi on Saturday. |PTI

By ENS & Agencies

CHENNAI:It was just last year that boxer Vijender Singh shocked his fans and the sports fraternity with his decision to take a plunge into the professional circuit. There were a few sceptics too, who were unsure if the poster boy of Indian boxing had what it takes to handle the rigours of pro boxing.

Fast forward today, and Vijender has made a pretty strong case for himself. Having won the WBO Asia Pacific super middleweight title in July earlier this year, he is set to defend the same on December 17. However, his opponent is yet to be named.
The Haryana lad, who has seven wins in seven bouts (6 KOs) so far, will be seen in action in front of home fans at the Thyagaraj Stadium in New Delhi. The 31-year-old is poised for the big fight.

“I have been in Manchester, UK, for the last two months, training hard for my next fight. My trainer has been giving me high-intensity training sessions, which has made my punches more powerful than before,” Vijender, who is managed by IOS Boxing Promotions, said.
“I am ready to fight anybody as suggested by the World Boxing Organisation (WBO). I am confident that I will be able to defend my title with as much pride as I won it. I am looking forward to December 17, 2016, and hope to repeat history.”


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