Manchester: Indian boxing star Vijender Singh, who competes in his first six rounds contest this Saturday night at the Manchester Arena, says he won't need the extra rounds to finish off experienced Hungarian Samet Hyuseinov in his third professional bout.
Vijender Singh. Pic/PTI
The fast rising middleweight star from Bhiwani, in Haryana, has steamed through his first two professional opponents since turning pro after a highly decorated amateur career culminating in bronze at the 2008 Olympics Games.
Dusting off Sonny Whiting in three rounds in October and then Dean Gillen inside one in November and with a reluctance of domestic fighters wanting to face Singh, an international opposition has been selected for Vijender Singh's last fight of the year with Bulgaria's Hyuseinov taking up the challenge. Vijender doesn't see it going beyond three rounds against Hyuseinov.
"I feel in tremendous shape and ready to punch holes in Hyuseinov on Saturday night," Said Vijender. "It's another progression in my boxing career to move up to six rounds, but I really don't feel I'll need them against Hyuseinov.
"While it's good to get rounds and experience under my belt I want excitement and knockouts, the rounds will come as we move up into title fights, right now I want to take opponents out as quickly as I can, three rounds, maybe, against Hyuseinov.
"He won't be in for the distance against me that's for sure, once I start lining him up with the jabs and get my distance and then start dropping big hard rights in, he won't be lasting too long."
However Hyuseinov says he'll teach Vijender a painful lesson for dismissing him as an easy job and disrespecting him. "For all his insults I will make him pay," Said Hyuseinov.
"He is just a two-fight kid, two fights and he's talking like he's a world champion. This man has been disrespectful to me and questioned my fighting ability by saying that he will knockout me out before six rounds, what a joke, for that I will make sure that I hurt him.
"Nobody will talk to me as if I am a journeyman and I will not let a raw novice boxer, who in my eyes is just a play actor boxer and should stick to acting in films, say he will knock me out. "Watch on Saturday, he says he doesn't need six rounds to knock me out, but I will hit him for six."