Vijender Singh continued his unbeaten streak in pro-boxing as he defeated Francis Cheka via technical knockout to retain the WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight title. Catch the highlights of Vijender Singh vs Francis Cheka here
22:30 hrs IST: That’s it. Thank you for joining us. Until next time, it’s goodbye. Cheers!
22:15 hrs IST: “Cheka wanted to talk more but I wanted to let my punches do the talking. It worked in the end!” : Vijender Singh
22:03 hrs IST: Cheka is out, has he given up? I think so! YES! The bout is over. Vijender retains his title. THE CHAMP IS HERE! One strong blow and he wins it. He is indeed the King of the Ring.
22:02 hrs IST: Vijender shows his defensive tactics and boy they are impressive. He is making Cheka dance to his tunes, the crowd is loving it.
21:57 hrs IST: Round two ends, Vijender looks comfortable, couple of blows, that’s all.
21:53 hrs IST: The champion starts defensively, dodging Cheka’s aggressive tactics nicely. Cheka is good, his experience is a massive advantage at this stage.
21:50 hrs IST: It’s time now. Can Vijender continue his unbeaten streak?
21:48 hrs IST: Both fighters and the crowd gear up for their national anthems.
21:45 hrs IST: Vijender…Vijender….Vijender….Vijender…. The champion makes his way to the ring amid loud cheers.
21:40 hrs IST: Here comes the challenger Francis Cheka, polished with his experience and ability to knock his opponents out.
21:29 hrs IST: Cheka promised to end Vijender’s career while the Indian heart-throb will not shy away from registering himself into history books with his ever famous knock-out punch.
21:25 hrs IST: Up next is the fight everyone has been waiting for. The champion, the Olympic bronze medallist, Vijender Singh against Tanzania’s Francis Cheka.
21:23 hrs IST: Out of the five bouts, Indian players have won four and have lost just one.
21:20 hrs IST: Australia’s Scott Edwards defeats India’s Pardeep Kharera by unanimous decision. Both these welterweight fighters fought hard and strong with both having their moments in the match.
20:31 hrs (IST) – Its Indians all over as Deepak Tanwar and Dharmender Grewal have maintained their winning streak by knocking their opponents out without much trouble.
19:35 hrs (IST) – Next up is India’s Deepak Tanwar facing up Sutriyono Bara Boys for the Welterweight South East Asia title.
19:00 hrs (IST) – The first of the six bouts saw India’s Rajesh Kumar beating Uganda’s Mubaraka Sseguya for a lightweight Intercontinental Title by a split decision. The Bhiwani born is still unbeaten in his run. What a performance from the lad. Much appreciated.
18:20 hrs (IST) – The battle is not far, but before that, few of the young Indian guns will take the battlefield. Noise is loud as first of the six bouts is about to begin in a short while from now.
17:34 hrs (IST) – The organizers are up-to their work, the crowd has started to come in, the seats are getting filled. Those planning to make it over here, rush buddies, you might end up standing otherwise. It’s Night of the Champions, Vijender Singh vs Francis Cheka later tonight.
17:00 hrs (IST) – Hey guys, good evening. It’s the night of the champions here in Thyagaraj Stadium in New Delhi. The much awaited bout between India’s own Vijender Singh and Francis Cheka is just few hours away from now. Two of the superstars will battle it out for the WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight Title here tonight. As of now, the stage is getting set, the music is on and the temperature is just raising.
Vijender, who defeated Australia’s Kerry Hope in front of his home crowd to win his first ever professional title, has won all his seven pro bouts so far.
However, his bout against Cheka is expected to be a nail-biter. The Tanzanian, who is the reigning World Boxing Federation (WBF) Super Middleweight champion, has won 32 of his 43 bouts so far, out of which 17 have been via knockout. Cheka has over 16 years of experience in professional boxing compared to his opponent, who has turned pro over a year back.
Vijender, who’s India’s first Olympic medallist in boxing, has been brilliant so far. Out of his seven wins, six have come via knockout. And now, he seems extremely confident of beating Cheka and continuing his unbeaten streak.
“There is no pressure. This is just a sport. The whole of India is with me,” Vijender said.
“Needless to say, the statement drew huge applause. It’s less than 24 hours away. That will decide who is the best. So I am ready for that. I can’t wait to be face to face with him in the ring.”
Saturday brings another chance for Vijender to showcase his skills and continue his steep rise in pro-boxing.