Someone once said, the best is often saved for the last. So, with just a couple of weeks remaining in 2016, a blockbuster is surely on the cards. A much talked about Pro-boxing match between India’s own WBO Asia Pacific Champion Vijender Singh and Tanzania’s Francis Cheeka is just around the corner. The title holders will take to the floor in four days from now on 17th December at Thyagaraj Stadium in New Delhi. The bottom-line given, ‘The Night of the Champions’ is fitting best for this event.
Vijender Singh, who in six out of his past seven bouts has knocked out his opponents, will look to do no different when he will come up against the promising and experienced Francis Cheeka on Saturday night.
Much before the match was scheduled to take place, two champions came face-to-face for one last time. Vijender, by the look on his face, has never seemed more confident before. Smiling and luring with the media professionals, the former Olympic bronze medallist showed how ready he is to take up the challenge.
“I am confident. I am ready to take him on. Waiting isn’t the cup of my tea, I am eager to face him, and more importantly I am looking forward to walking out of the match with my hands raised.”
Sitting a few distance beside him was his opponent only, who did not seem to find anything worth worrying for with Vijender’s comment. Backing himself to tarnish Vijender’s career sooner, Cheeka said Indians will feel bad for him after the beating he will receive during the match. Putting up the mask of stiffness on his face, Cheeka said he will beat him in front of his home crowd and take the championship alongside.
“I am going to beat him badly. He won’t have an escape. He isn’t experienced and he will suffer. Defeating him in front of his home crowd will be an achievement. I know he has winning streak behind him, but I am ready to take up the challenge.”
When asked about the effect of the home support, Vijender says he feels lucky to participate at home and will have the crowd behind him, backing him for his eight straight wins in Pro-Boxing. However, in contrast to his own comments, he furthers add the outcome will have much to do with better boxing.
“Crowd will back me, I know that. Look the result will define who had the better skills, who stood there for long and who can do better boxing. Simple.”
While Cheeka, on the other hand, says he is a professional and support of the audience won’t really make an impact on him.
“I have played enough matches in front of a different crowd in my career. I am a professional so all these things don’t matter to me. I will come out as a champion and I don’t doubt that.”
The bout between Vijender Singh and Francis Cheeka will take place at the Thyagaraj Stadium in New Delhi on Saturday night.