Vijender clinches WBO Asia Pacific title
Indian boxing star Vijender Singh scaled a new high in his ever-soaring professional career as he clinched the WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight title with a dominating win over former WBC European champion Kerry Hope .
The 30-year-old Indian took all 10 rounds to systematically dismantle the 34-year-old Welsh-born Australian and record his seventh straight win in the circuit, a year after turning professional.
Vijender, who as an amateur held the distinction of being India’s first Olympic and World Championships medallist, was hardly pushed despite playing all 10 rounds, and was cheered deliriously by a packed partisan crowd.
“It’s not about myself, it’s about my nation, my country,” Vijender said after being crowned winner.
“I also thank all the fans, the celebrities and sportspersons who have come to watch my bout today. The countdown has just begun,” Vijender said.Vijender was declared winner unanimously by three judges in the 10 round affair.
This win ensured Vijender’s entry into the top-15 of the WBO world ranking and got him closer to the world title fight.
Prime minister Narendra Modi congratulated Vijender on this splendid win in a tweet.