Vijender Singh eyes another knockout vs Francis Cheka

Updated: Dec 17, 2016, 11:02 IST | PTI

The big challenges thrown at him have mostly ended up being mere talk and Indian boxing star Vijender Singh would look to prove it one more time when he takes on former world champion Francis Cheka to defend the WBO Asia Pacific super middleweight title


Indian boxer Vijender Singh (left) and Tanzanian Francis Cheka face off on the eve of their fight in New Delhi yesterday. Pic/PTI

New Delhi: The big challenges thrown at him have mostly ended up being mere talk and Indian boxing star Vijender Singh would look to prove it one more time when he takes on former world champion Francis Cheka to defend the WBO Asia Pacific super middleweight title here today.

Undefeated in the circuit so far, Vijender won the title in July by beating former European champion Kerry Hope of Australia. In the 10-round title defence contest, Vijender will be up against his most experienced rival so far. The reticent Indian has been a shade different from his international counterparts in the pro circuit given that he avoids big talk no matter how big the provocation is.

At the official pre-bout weigh-in where he turned in exactly 76kg, Vijender and Cheka faced off for one last time before the much-hyped bout. While the Indian was his usual calm self, Cheka seemed high on excitement and declared that "I will now talk in the ring".

Vijender, with a wry smile on his face, retorted, "My job is punching and I will do that in the ring, this title isn’t going anywhere."

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