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Vijender KOs Cheka to retain Asia Pacific Super Middleweight title

Last updated on: December 17, 2016 22:42 IST

Vijender Singh

Vijender Singh knocked out Tanzanian Francis Cheka inside 3 rounds to defended his WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight title on Saturday.

This is the Indian boxer’s 8th win in a row since turning professional.

Vijender was on his guard in the opening round but switched gears in the 2nd round, which he dominated.

The Indian was particularly lethal on the Tanzanian, who was fighting his 44th bout, in round 2 when he landed a big right hook which left the Cheka underwhelmed.

In the 3rd round, of the 10-round battle, Vijender again held back nothing and within 1 minute and 56 seconds, Cheka told the referee that he had had enough and retired hurt.

"I trained hard in Manchester for two months for this. I thank all my coaches for the effort they put in. Cheka talked so much but I believed in my punch power, and I have done it," Vijender said after the bout.

This is Vijender’s his 7th Knock out victory. 

IMAGE: Vijender Singh celebrates after winning his bout

Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images
Rediff Sports Desk