WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight champion, Vijender Singh will square off with WBO Oriental Super Middleweight Champion and Chinese number 1 boxer, Zulpikar Maimaitiali for a double title fight at NSCI in Mumbai today.
Both boxers will have a chance to claim double titles in this winner-takes-all “Battleground Asia” fight. Whoever wins the bout takes home his defended title along with his opponent’s title.
Speaking about the much-awaited encounter, Vijender had earlier trolled his opponent and said that he would try to finish the bout as soon as possible as “Chinese product don’t last long”.
Zulpikar, on the other hand, had said, “I am very well prepared to face Vijender in the ring, I am confident of my body, my techniques and my mental calmness.”
China’s undefeated star boxer Zulpikar has eight bouts under his name, same as Vijender. Zulpikar has five knock outs wins and has fought 24 rounds. His last bout was with African boxer, Thomas Mashali where he won his current title, WBO Oriental Super Middleweight Champion last year. Zulpikar turned towards professional boxing in April 2015.
Vijender, who remained unbeaten since his debut in professional boxing, has also fought eight bouts, last one being against former world number one boxer Francis Cheka from Tanzania where he defended his title.
Vijender clinched his first title in July 2016 against Kerry Hope of Australia, becoming the WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight Champion. He has 30 rounds under his belt, which gives him a slight edge over his opponent, who has fought 24 rounds till now.