18 Nov

Vijender Singh invites Mumbai to see Chinese opponent beaten black and blue

first_imgFor all the flesh and blood we see in the ring, promoting a professional boxing bout is all show business. India’s most famous pro boxer Vijender Singh knows it very well now.72 hours before his next fight, Vijender is doing a light training session for the cameras at a gym in suburban Mumbai. He follows it up with some build up interviews where downplaying your opponent comes with the territory.”If I get a chance I will take him down. I don’t have to play the 10 rounds. I will try and knock him down by 4th or 5th round. That’s what I will try,” he told India Today.The 2008 Beijing Olympics bronze medallist since turning pro is now the reigning WBO Asia Pacific Super middleweight champion and on a eight fight unbeaten spree. The winner takes all this time as his Chinese opponent Zulpikar Maimaitiali is also a WBO Oriental Super middleweight champion.”He got title, I have title. Thik hai yaar..We will take him. He has got 8 fights so have I but I have amateur career experience,” he speaks in disdain.The flavour of this fight is opponent Zulpikar’s Chinese nationality in light of India’s ongoing border tensions with China. Vijender takes the sentiment to the ring.”I love my country and have this feeling towards the nation. If I get a chance to fight, it may not be in war but in ring I will give my 100 percent and fight till the end. Can’t quit man. I will try to win the battle,” he roars.advertisementWith the fight this weekend scheduled in Bollywood town Mumbai, invites have gone to a whole host of film celebrities. So also cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar and yoga guru Swami Ramdev.”They are coming to see me fight. The boxing scenario will change in a few years,” he hopes.Playing down talk of the ultimate dream of being a World Champion one day, Vijender says, “I have no such dreams. I am more mature in the sport now. I just want to make boxing more popular in India.””I urge Mumbaikars to come and see the Chinese beaten black and blue,” goes another war cry.Landed in Mumbai for #BattleGroundAsia pic.twitter.com/cBWqA77liK- Vijender Singh (@boxervijender) August 2, 2017Mumbai me aap ka swagat hai ??? pic.twitter.com/0femAyEsRy- Vijender Singh (@boxervijender) August 2, 2017last_img

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