Vijender Singh proved yet again that he is the king inside the ring as he outclassed his Chinese opponent Zulpikar Maimaitiali in a close bout to retain the WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight title in Mumbai on Saturday. With this win, he had gained two titles which included WBO Oriental Supper Middleweight title. This was the ninth successive win for the Olympic bronze medallist.
The match lasted for 10 rounds and Vijender had the advantage of fighting in the home ground apart from using his height since he landed blows which initially did not yielded the desired results. The Chinese boxer defended Vijender’s punches effectively and relied mostly on uppercuts. However he got warned by the referee when he tried to hit Vijender below the belt wth almost five low blows.
The only round when Zulpikar looked to have an upper hand was in the third one when he pushed Vijender to the ropes who however was successful in evading the punches. A frustrated Zulpikar, in fact, pushed Vijender to the ground, a favour that the Indian duly returned in the very next round.
However Vijnder proved his supremacy by landing a straight right with a left uppercut flush which made the crowd roar. When the match was almost nearing the end, Vijender looked visibly exhausted. However he defended all the blows successfully and in the end when most of the supporters were expecting a knock-out win, Vijender scrapped through with supremacy on points.
Zulpikar hugged Vijender and made him wear his cap which has been appreciated by the huge crowd that was gathered inside the stadium.