Indian ace promises to send Zulpikar Maimaitiali packing on Aug 5
India boxer Vijender Singh and China’s Zulpikar Maimaitiali at a city hotel yesterday for the announcement of the Battleground Asia fight night at NSCI, Worli on August 5. Pic/Sameer Markande
India's star boxer Vijender Singh has promised to beat the living daylights out of China's Zulpikar Maimaitiali in Battleground Asia, a special fight night, at the National Sports Club of India (NSCI) in Worli on August 5.
The fight will see two titles on the line - Vijender's WBO Asia Pacific Middleweight belt and Zulpikar's WBO Oriental Super Middleweight belt, and is being labelled as Asia's biggest fight.
"Zulpikar is a kid, he's just 22. He's just entered professional boxing and has a lot to learn. He is young and has only fought with new boys. It'll be an easy fight for me. He does not have the impressive record that I have. He's just OK. Boxing is a very brutal sport and I will show him what real boxing is," Vijender told mid-day at a city hotel yesterday on the sidelines of the announcement of the big fight being promoted by Delhi-based IOS Boxing Promotions.
Interestingly, both Vijender and Zulpikar are undefeated in eight professional fights and made their pro debut in the same year (2015). However, the Indian has fought a total of 30 rounds, six more than Zulpikar's 24.
The Chinese fighter was up to the tall talk too. "It's very useless of Vijender to say all this. I will knock him out and break millions of Indian hearts on August 5," he said. Meanwhile, the 31-year-old Indian, a 2008 Beijing Olympics bronze medal-winning boxer, said he feels no pressure of fighting in front of a vociferous home crowd and instead thrives on it. "I'm confident I won't let down my fans in Mumbai," said Vijender, who returns to Manchester tomorrow to continue his preparations with trainer Lee Beard.
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Tendulkar was yesterday given the first ticket of the fight night that will also see 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games gold medalist Akhil Kumar and Beijing Olympics quarter-finalist Jitender Kumar making their professional debuts.
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