Mumbai, June 27: Indian boxing star Vijender Singh will meet WBO Oriental Super Middleweight Champion Zulpikar Maimaitali in a twofold title battle at the NSCI Dome here on August 5.
Titled ‘Battleground Asia’, the battle will see both boxers put their individual WBO titles in question and the victor will bring home his guarded title alongside his rival’s title.
Beijing Olympics quarter-finalists Akhil Kumar and Jitender Kumar will likewise make their expert makes a big appearance around the same time, the promoters of the occasion declared here on Tuesday.
It will be following a hole of nine years that the Haryana trio will be found in the ring together. The last time they seemed together at a similar occasion was the Beijing Olympics in 2008.
Akhil Kumar will make his introduction with a four-round challenge, in an undercard battle. This will be Akhil’s first expert session since the time he has been conceded authorization to swing to ace boxing.
Another boxer to include in ‘Battleground Asia’ is WBC Asia Welterweight champion Neeraj Goyat. The 26-year-old boxer from Haryana made his expert introduction in 2011 against Gou Wen Dong in China.
He has battled 12 sessions with an affair of 71 adjusts added to his repertoire and has guaranteed eight wins, with two knockouts.
The Indian is at present put 35th in the WBC rankings which were refreshed after his triumph over Australian Ben Kite, who he crushed to hold his title. In 2016, he had taken a bronze decoration at the AIBA Pro Boxing Olympic qualifiers.
Vijender, who is ruling WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight Champion, has stayed unbeaten since his introduction in proficient boxing. He has battled eight expert sessions, the last one against previous World No.1 Francis Cheka of Tanzania, when he protected his title. Seven of those wins have stopped by method for knockouts.
Vijender secured his first expert title — the WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight belt — in July a year ago by vanquishing Kerry Hope of Australia,
He has 30 adjusts added to his repertoire, which gives him a slight edge over his next adversary, who has battled 24 rounds till now.
Zulpikar has likewise won each of the eight battles of his juvenile expert vocation. He has five thump outs wins, and has battled 24 rounds.
His last session was with Thomas Mashali of Tanzania a year ago when he won his present title WBO Oriental Super Middleweight title. Zulpikar handed proficient over April, 2015.
Vijender and Zulpikar were planned to battle on April 1 this year however the Chinese boxer pulled out of the challenge in the most recent week of February.
Vijender, who has been preparing in the UK with his coach Lee Beard, was sure of beating his next rival.
“This one will be an energizing battle night, is my title in question as well as be battling for another title. I am extremely energetic about boxing and I have a point of winning a specific number of titles, which I will finish at any cost,” he said.
“I have been preparing hard with Lee for very nearly three months and with each passing day my certainty has expanded. There has been steady advancement in my quality and preparing.”
Talking on the notice given by the Chinese boxer, Vijender stated: “I am not frightened by every one of these things, these words are just personality amusements, you have seen individuals like him have tested me before additionally, and the outcome is before you. My title is not going anywhere, in certainty on the fifth August I will be wearing two belts.”
Facial hair, who was likewise present, stated: “Vijender has been buckling down for 3 months now, his stamina has enhanced a great deal more. Zulpikar is a southpaw and will be an intense nut to open yet I am sure with the sort of diligent work Vijender is putting in, he will know how to handle Zulpikar in the ring. We are anticipating this battle.”
Akhil, whose last major focused session was at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, was amped up for his expert presentation.
“I am extremely excited to start this new period of my boxing vocation, now I am good to go to put in a similar measure of vitality and diligent work into proficient enclosing as I did beginner boxing,” he said.
“Star enclosing is distinctive numerous ways, more stamina and quality is expected to experience rounds of 8-10. I have been preparing for most recent 6 months and feel sure of entering the ring as a master boxer.”
Alternate boxers that will highlight in ‘Battleground Asia’ are Pardeep Kharera, Kuldeep Dhanda, and Dharmender Grewal.