Vijender Singh took his tally in pro-boxing to 8-0 with yet another knockout – his seventh – during this short-lived professional career thus far. His eighth bout saw him facing an experienced Francis Cheka who promised plenty with his words but when it came to making his gloves do the talking, the Tanzanian fizzled out.
Within ten minutes, the Haryana boxer had the job done and had successfully defended his WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight title. Even before the official word could be pronounced, there were celebrations underway in the Indian boxer’s camp for this was a knockout. In the third round, a fierce right jab had took Cheka off-guard – literally – and handed Vijender the win.
The bout, in its entirety, didn’t live up to the billing and the hype. Plenty of credit must, however, go to Vijender for his preparation and then delivering in the ring. Throughout the bout, ‘Viju’ never looked to be in trouble with effective usage of his feet and defensive skills.
Speaking after his title defence, Vijender dedicated the win to the Indian soldiers who have been fighting for the country. He also mentioned three more soldiers who were martyred on Saturday. “I dedicate this victory to our martyred soldiers. I felt bad when, before the fight, I got to know that three soldiers had been martyred in a terror attack in Kashmir (Saturday). I dedicate this win to all the soldiers who have been martyred this year because it is because of them that this country is there. We are nothing without them. It was depressing to hear that three soldiers died today in a terror attack,” he said.
Vijender had opted to stay quiet in the run-up to the bout and do his boxing do the talking in the ring and that is how it remained.
— Star Sports (@StarSportsIndia) 18 December 2016
It is still unclear on where he will compete next with China, Dubai and a return to the UK slated as possible options.