Vijender Singh to take on Zulipikaer Maimaitiali in Mumbai today

Vijender Singh on his opponent Zulpikar Maimaitiali : I don't think he'll be a challenge

Undefeated Indian boxer Vijender Singh (8-0) takes on China's top-ranked super-middleweight Zulipikar Maimaitiali (8-0-1) in Mumbai on Saturday night with the WBO Asia-Pacific and Oriental super middleweight titles on the line, and the Indian is using the political dispute to drum-up interest in "Battleground Asia", which could pave the way for a world title shot down the line.

Singh won his second title and ninth consecutive pro bout as he beat his Chinese opponent on points by a unanimous decision.

"I think it's an advantage to be a southpaw boxer, I know there are many great southpaw boxers who have been great I the field of boxing, I hope I can continue the legacy", said Zulpikar on him being a Southpaw boxer. Zulpikar also added, I will be coming to your (Vijender) home and will take back the title of yours along mine and knock you off in early rounds. A confident Vijender has dubbed his Chinese opponent as inexperienced. He's young (23) and a strong kid, that is true.

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"I didn't expect him to fight so well and last the distance", Vijender said after winning the bout. Hometown hero Vijender Singh (8W-0L, 7KOs), the WBO Asia-Pacific titlist will have the crowd cheering for him in his twelve round bout against Chinas Zulipikaer Maimaitiali (8W-0L-1D, 6KOs), who holds the WBO Oriental belt. I don't have to play the 10 rounds.

What time is the bout between Vijender Singh and Zulpikar Maimaitiali?

On his preparations, Vijender said: "I am only listening to what my trainer is asking me to do".

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However, he returned the title saying "I don't want this title because I don't want tension at the border (between India and China)".

The Indian said his strategy would be responsive to how his opponent manoeuvres the bout.

Soldiers of India and China have been locked in a stand-off near the Sikkim sector for almost three months now. I do meditation to stay calm and make sure that I don't get carried away.

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