I want peace at Indo-China border, will return the belt, says Vijender Singh

Vijender Singh continued his winning streak in professional boxing to take the stretch to 9-0. His latest victim was China's Zulpikar Maimaitiali who gave the Indian boxer a tough fight in Mumbai but a tough call by the judge's came in the Indian's favour.

By: Express Web Desk | Published:August 5, 2017 11:03 pm
vijender singh, Zulpikar Maimaitiali, vijender singh vs Zulpikar Maimaitiali, boxing news, sports news, indian express Vijender Singh beat Zulpilkar Maimaitiali at the ‘Battleground Asia’ in Mumbai. (Source: PTI)

Vijender Singh won his ninth bout in the professional boxing ring when he beat Zulpikar Maimaitiali of China in a unanimous decision at the NSCI Complex in Worli, Mumbai. The Indian boxer won an extremely close bout that was adjudged 96-93, 95-94 and 95-94 by the three judges that stretched his unbeaten streak to 9-0 even though Vijender would feel lucky to have come out with a win.

At the end of the bout, Vijender made a surprising request and announced that he wished to return his newly acquired belt so as to alleviate the tension across the Indo-China border. “I want to dedicate this win to India-China friendship! There is some tension at the border, need peace. I don’t want the title, for peace and harmony at the border between India-China I will give it back to Maimaitial,” he said to the surprise of many.

With the win, Vijender now holds both the WBO Oriental Super Middleweight and the WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight title, which he already held, but his decision to hand the title back is a rare request which would be up to the officials.

On the bout that went all the way with both men going hammer and tongs for the ten rounds, Vijender looked weaker as the match went on with Zulpikar drawing in with some meaty jabs. The impact started to be felt on Vijender’s face who was bleeding by the eighth round. The boxer from Bhiwani acknowledged that it was a tough bout and something he didn’t expect – even with some jabs by Zulpikar’s being considered unsporting. “You all saw it was a tough fight, but happy that we came out victorious. It was unfortunate that he hit a few low blows and that upset me a little. But I had to recover quickly,” he said.

Before taking the questions from the ring announcer Charu Sharma, Vijender went outside the ring to acknowledge the strong celebrity presence including Amitabh, Abhishek Bachchan and Baba Ramdev, who had been to his previous bout in Delhi too. “I want to thank the people for coming out and supporting me. The likes of Amitabh Bachchan Sir, the king, the legend; Randeep Hooda, Baba Ji [Baba Ramdev],” he stated before leaving the ring.

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    Dr.Dinesh Kowshik
    Aug 7, 2017 at 12:35 pm
    Misplaced bonhomie by Vijender. The Chinese did not flinch when they massacred 11 million of their own in the Boxer rebellion. Fair play and emotions are not for the China-man. Now after the South China sea issue, they have the Paki's in their talons. Keep the belt. You deserved to win.
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    Arm
    Aug 7, 2017 at 10:12 am
    Vijender Singh returns the le which he did not win in fair play. Nothing to do with the border dispute.
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    Murthy
    Aug 6, 2017 at 9:33 pm
    Low blows, expect them from China and Chinese boxers.....Remember 1962, that was a 'low blow' too, but we in India are more careful with them now... We will bide our time to give them back a few low blows when they weaken eventually - ALL military expansionist empires weaken eventually.
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    M G
    Aug 6, 2017 at 9:50 am
    There is a message there somewhere for the is... I hope they get it...
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    Mahakaal
    Aug 6, 2017 at 9:41 am
    Great fight from Indian boxer inspite of below the belt blows by Chinese boxer.. Afterall salute to the friendly and sporting spirit of Vijender for his Chinese opponent.. JAI HIND
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