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Vijender Singh eyes new belt next year

THE ASIAN AGE.
Published : Dec 19, 2016, 2:05 am IST
Updated : Dec 19, 2016, 6:08 am IST

The Commonwealth Super Middleweight is currently held by British boxer Luke Blackledge, who has 22 wins, two draws.

Vijender Singh en route to his win over Tanzania’s Francis Cheka in their WBO Asia-Pacific Super Middleweight title bout in New Delhi on Saturday. (Photo: Biplab Banerjee)
 Vijender Singh en route to his win over Tanzania’s Francis Cheka in their WBO Asia-Pacific Super Middleweight title bout in New Delhi on Saturday. (Photo: Biplab Banerjee)

New Delhi: The WBO Asia-Pacific title won and defended successfully, Indian boxing star Vijender Singh will now be on the prowl for a new belt and could be challenging for the Commonwealth or the Oriental crown in the next couple of months.

The Commonwealth Super Middleweight is currently held by British boxer Luke Blackledge, who has 22 wins, two draws and three losses to show for in his 27-fight career so far.

“I don’t have any plan for the new year right now. Fighting in Delhi or fighting abroad, it doesn’t make a difference to me. We will think about the next opponent,” was the 31-year-old Haryana-lad’s response to a query on his schedule for next year after Saturday’s bout.

Vijender, on the other hand, spoke mostly on what he does best, fighting inside the ring.

Speaking of his opponent, who had threatened to end his career and even called him a kid before the fight, Vijender reiterated that he always believed in talking through his punches in the ring.

“I have been able to save it (the belt) even though there was so much trash talking before the fight. I am very happy to have defended the title. He got the right punch on his chin and that is why he just forgot everything. He wanted to create pressure on me before the fight with all his big talk but when he got the right, he forgot everything and just wanted to save himself,” he said.

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