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Vijender Singh Edges Zulpikar Maimaitiali For WBO Regional Belt

The legend of Vijender Singh continued to grow as the Indian boxing star outslugged his Chinese opponent Zulpikar Maimaitiali in a close bout to annex the WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight title here tonight. It was double delight for the fans as

Vijender also snatched the WBO Oriental Super Middleweight title from the Chinese, who is nine years younger to him. Vijender won the tiles with scores of 96-93, 95-94, 95-94 in his favour. The docked points seem to have cost Zulpikar.

It was the 32-year-old beijing Olympic bronze medallist's ninth successive win in his professional career.

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In front of a partisan crowd, Vijender gave an exhibition of his class during the slugfest, and his oodles of experience came in handy during 10 intense rounds.

While Vijender had commented that 'Chinese products don't last long' but Zulpikar managed to squeeze every ounce of his opponent's energy.

"I didn't expect him to fight so well and last the distance," Vijender said after the bout.

Using his height and greater reach to good effect, Vijender most of the time had the better of exchanges with his straigt ones and hooks landing flush on Zulpikar, whose blows didn't have the desired effect.

“I didn’t expect this fight. I thought this would last for a maximum of 5-6 rounds. Hence I didn’t fight according to my strategies. I just want to tell China, please don’t come to our border. This is for peace,” said Vijender. “The blows disturbed me. He (Maimaitiali) has been fantastic. His aggression was terrific,” he added.

“I will give this title back to Zulpikar. This is a message for peace,” says Vijender after the win amid the border tension between India and China.

The Chinese southpaw had his guard up most of the times and with a crouched stance, was relying mostly on the uppercuts.

However, he was guilty of trying to hit Vijender below the belt with as many as five low blows for which he was promptly warned by the referee.

The only round when Zulpikar looked a bit assertive was the third one when he tried to chase the Indian, who again showed his fleet-footedness to evade his punches on more than one occasions.

A frustrated Zulpikar, in fact, pushed Vijender to the ground, a favour that the Indian duly returned in the very next round.

Zulpikar got the real taste of Vijender of yore, when he landed a straight right followed by a left uppercut flush on his face as the crowd roared in approval.

However, the younger legs of Zulpikar did help him towards the fag end of the bout as the Indian looked tired.

Zulpikar took the chance to attack but Vijender's tight defence, despite jaded legs, helped him.

In the final round, Zulpikar landed an uppercut which left the Indian ace with a bloodied nose, but he did manage to hold his own in the end.

The bonhomie between the opponents was there to be seen as Zulpikar hugged Vijender and made him wear his cap.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by jackblack008 on 08-06-2017

If he wants a real step, now he must go for luke blackledge or Zac Dunn. Though both of them would defeat him

Comment by whatismyname on 08-05-2017

Guess the world level will never come. But there is much money to be made over there for him. Feast on bums to a 30-0 record or wait for a beatable champ to show up. Which ever comes first

Comment by Beercules on 08-05-2017

Once again I have to sound out Mia whatever the hells name like I'm 7

Comment by BigZ44 on 08-05-2017

[QUOTE=ceylon mooney;17921783]oh yea. is it too early or is this a red flag?[/QUOTE] Singh is already 31 years old. If he was as bad in this fight as some people are saying, then he isn't getting any higher than being…

Comment by BigZ44 on 08-05-2017

[QUOTE=jackblack008;17921792]barely? He lost convincingly. Judges came to his rescue. This decision is as bad as Murata - Hassan N Dam. Only positive I see is Vijender fought a fair game while the Chinese was all low blows and dirty tactics.[/QUOTE]…

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