This Saturday Vijender Singh will be stepping in the ring for a match which is among one of those high profile rounds which he has played just a few times in his short professional boxing career. In the presence of actors, sportspersons, politicians and other high sake holders Vijender will be defending his WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight title in Worli’s Sardar Vallabhai Patel indoor stadium located in the country’s financial capital “MUMBAI”.
Along with defending his title he will also have his keen eye on winning another belt named as “the WBC Asia Pacific Super Middleweight”, from china’s Zulpikar Maimaitiali (Zulfiqar Mohammad Ali).
The fight with Maimaitiali seemed an opportunity for lots of promotional sense; overall Indian people were in search of such an entertaining and nail biting game between India and China.
It should be made very clear that Vijender is on the 12th ranking while maimaitiali stands on the 14th rank, so the winner of this game will be moving ahead in the ranking also and get himself closer to the mandatory challenger status.
CURRENT FORM OF VIJENDER SINGH
Talking about the current form of Vijender it will be a tough line for me to write that this is his longest period of inactivity since he turned professional. He took 8 months to slip himself back in the ropes after his last fight against Francis Cheka which was scheduled in December 2016. In October 2015 when he made his debut, Vijender had fought three times in the span of three months. Later in 2016, he faced another five minutes. However sources say that throughout his break he never rested a day or, he was not like getting too much inside his personal life, but he used to get himself trained at Lee Beard’s gym.
The reason behind his inactivity from the world of professional boxing is not actually his fault but it can be understood as the game against Maimaitali was scheduled to be fought in April 2017. However the Chinese boxer pulled himself out for an unspecified reason. Vijender also had some reservations with his United Kingdom promoter, Francis Warren was decontracted two months earlier. Vijender’s Indian promoter Neerav Tomar stated that as Vijender goes further in his boxing career it becomes harder for him to arrange fights, in the beginning of his career fights could be simply arranged with taking “Standard” under the consideration, but now to make the deal happen it has become harder, the fighter as well as the promoter has to accept the deal. Then sanction has to be done from WBO.
CURRENT FORM OF MAIMAITALI
As expected by the elders of the game Maimaitali will of course bring some new challenges for the Indian fighter. At the 23rd stage of his life he seems quicker than his Indian opponent. Unlike other players against Vijender who had an attacking face first, Zulfiqar will be the first who will be defencing. Zulfiqar has knocked 7 men out of the ring against all 9 matches played by him. The number would have increased to eight, unless his second bout in that game ended with a technical draw.
Zulfiqar is a left-handed boxer who leads with the right hand. Vijender could only score a single point against the last left hander, Kerry Hope though, Vijender managed to win this game.
HEAD TO HEAD OF BOTH FIGHTER
They have not played a single match against each other, this thing is also responsible for making this fixture super exciting.
Vijender Singh vs. Zulpikar Maimaitiali will be streamed live on ESPN in Hindi , SONY TEN 1 & SONY TEN 1 HD in English and SONY TEN 3 & SONY TEN 3 HD staright after 6:30 PM on 5th August at National Sports Club of India (NSCI), Mumbai.
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It will be a hard job to predict the winner of this fixture, as one side we have the Indian Sensation and on other side we have super quick, super successful Zulfiqar Mohammad Ali, though there will be a crowd support to Vijender which will boost up his confidence and lead him to win this battle.
Vijender Singh won WBO Asia Pacific MiddleWeight title and defeated Zulfiqar by 9-0.