Vijender Singh maintained his unbeaten record as he came out the winner against his Chinese opponent Zulpikar Maimaitiali in a tough bout to win the unified WBO titles.
In an intense fight that went all 10 rounds, Vijender Singh was adjudged to have defeated China’s Zulpikar Maimaitiali by an unanimous decision at the National Sports Club of India Stadium, Mumbai.
It was the 32-year-old Beijing Olympic bronze medallist’s ninth successive win in his young professional boxing career.
Using his height and greater reach to good effect, Vijender most of the time had the better of exchanges with his straight ones and hooks landing flush on Zulpikar, whose blows didn’t have the desired effect. The Chinese southpaw had his guard up most of the times and with a crouched stance, was relying mostly on the uppercuts.
Low Blows To Vijender Didn’t Deter His Spirit
Zulpikar was guilty of trying to hit Vijender below the belt with as many as five low blows for which he was promptly warned by the referee. The only round when Zulpikar looked a bit assertive was the third one when he tried to chase the Indian, who again showed his fleet-footedness to evade his punches on more than one occasions.
Vijender struggled towards the last two rounds with Zulpikar’s stamina proving a crucial aspect. Zulpikar took the chance to attack but Vijender’s tight defence, despite jaded legs, helped him.
In the final round, Zulpikar landed an uppercut which left the Indian ace with a bloodied nose, but he did manage to hold his own in the end.
The judges decided Vijender had done enough through the early rounds, 96-93, 95-94, 95-94 being the final scoreline.
Vijender remains undefeated in his professional career, taking his record to 9-0 and now holds the WBO Asia-Pacific Supermiddleweight title as well as the WBO Oriental Supermiddleweight title.