Olympic bronze medallist-turned professional boxer Vijender Singh will take on Chinese boxer Zulpikar Maimaitiali in a winner-takes-all bout on 5 August in Mumbai. This fight will be Vijender’s first in 2017, he has not competed since successfully defending his title against Francis Cheka in December 2016.
While Vijender puts his WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight title, his opponent puts his WBO Oriental Super Middleweight title on the line. The highly publicised fight between the two boxers has seen a lot of words being said to each other. The match has also been affected by the present political scenario between India and China. With Vijender Singh repeatedly challenging Pakistan’s Amir Khan, a positive result in this match might be a shot in the arm for the Indian to pressurise Amir to accept his challenge.
Here are some important facts about the bout:
Pro boxing record
- Vijender – Won 8, Lost 0
- Zulpikar – Won 8, Lost 0, Draw 1
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- Price range: Rs 1,200 – 12,000
The 23-year-old Chinese boxer has won eight of his nine professional bouts while a 31-year-old Vijender has remained undefeated in his eight bouts. Howell, however, pegged this match-up as an equal contest with the venue being Vijender’s only advantage. Zulpikar, the WBO Oriental Super Middleweight champion, however was humble in his approach. He believes facing quality boxers like Vijender will help him develop.