India's star pugilist Vijender Singh is ready to punch hard once again in his home country, this time in Mumbai! The 31-year old boxer will test his power inside the ring against WBO Oriental Super Middleweight champion Zulpikar Maimaitiali on 1st April 2017. Through this fight, Vijender will eye his second belt on the pro circuit.
So far in his short professional career, Singh has sent some strong statements with his fighting abilities and has managed to maintain an unbeaten record till now. The Bhiwani-born boxer is currently the WBO Asia Pacific champion, the title which he won last year beating Australia’s Kerry Hope in New Delhi. He also successfully defended it once later in December 2016 by getting the better of Tanzania’s Francis Cheka.
According to the sources, the double Asian Title Fight card will also feature former Commonwealth Games gold medallist Akhil Kumar and former Asian Championships bronze medallist Jitender Kumar. However, the name of their opponents is yet to be finalised.
“The fight night will also see other top boxers making their pro boxing debut in Mumbai,” as quoted by PTI.
Vijender is currently training in Manchester under the tutelage of his British trainer Lee Beard. Out of Singh’s eight victories, seven of them came through knockouts. His fight against China’s Maimaitiali will be his third pro fight in Vijender’s homeland. If he wins the contest, Vijender would become the holder of two titles as both the boxers’ belts would be on the line.
Just like Vijender, his opponent Maimaitiali made his professional debut in 2015. He is an eight-fight veteran, out of which the Chinese have won seven of them. The Chinese No.1 also has five knockout victories under his belt. Zulpikar won the WBO Oriental Title last year in July by defeating Thomas Mashali of Tanzania by a Technical Knockout.