I believed in my punch power and I have done it, says Vijender Singh

Updated: 18 December, 2016 13:45 IST | PTI |

I believed in my punch power and I have done it, says Vijender Singh, who knocks out Tanzania’s Francis Cheka to retain WBO Asia Pacific title


 Vijender Singh

NEW DELHI: The Vijender Singh juggernaut rolled on without a glitch as the Indian boxing star took less than 10 minutes to successfully defend his WBO Asia-Pacific Super Middleweight title with an emphatic Technical Knockout win over Tanzania’s Francis Cheka here on Saturday.

Vijender landed the winning blow in the third round of what was to be a 10-round contest to leave on the former World Champion Cheka dazed and a packed Thyagraj Stadium delirious.

“I trained hard in Manchester for two months for this. I thank all my coaches for the effort they put in. Cheka talked so much but I believed in my punch power, and I have done it,” Vijender said after the bout. Celebrities adorned the front rows surrounding the ring.

From five-time world champion MC Mary Kom to star wrestling duo of Sushil Kumar and Yogeshwar Dutt, it was a power-packed front row to cheer for Vijender from ringside.

First Published: 18 December, 2016 08:40 IST

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