The Night of the Champions belonged to India’s heartthrob Vijender Singh, who convincingly knocked off his opponent and former World Champion Francis Cheka in just the third round to retain his WBO Asia Pacific title and thus dedicated his big win to the martyrs, who have lost their life in ceasefire violation.
The much talked about bout between the two underwent at the Thyagaraj Stadium in New Delhi on Saturday evening with Vijender coming out with winning streak being maintained. Calling this as his best win so far in eight bouts he participated in, former Olympic medallist said he backed himself for winning the contest in his mind only.
“I knew I will win. During the second round, when i whacked a knockout punch on his face, he lost his consciousness, which was the deciding point of the game. Despite knowing that he can’t make a comeback from that position, I had to give my 100% which apparently I gave.”
The bout, which had a lot of hype covering it was finished well within few minutes, not even getting close to six rounds, which in a way surprised Vijender too.
“I wasn’t expecting the fight to get over this early. I have seen his videos and he is terrible player, no doubt. I thought he will have something to offer, at least considering his words he used prior to the match. I was a bit surprised, but anyway the i am happy with the outcome too.”
Vijender, who was making Cheka dance to his tune during the bout showed how good he was defensively. Dodging Cheka’s aggressive tactics, he was successful in making the Tanzanian do the hard work. The reigning Champion had something to say on this too.
“He used lot of harsh words before the match, finishing my career, making my country feel ashamed of me and what not, so I just wanted to shut him up with my boxing and i am happy i did that. I was toiling with him to be honest. I could have finished the game early on but then he would left unlearn.”
Sounding excited and happy after the win, he dedicated the victory to the martyrs who have lost their life serving for the country.
“When I returned to India I was so depressed to hear about our soldiers getting killed on the border, safeguarding the general public, they are the real fighters. So I would dedicate this win big win over Francis Cheka to them.”
When asked about the performance of the fellow Indians in the event, who happen to win four out of five bouts, Vijender said he is happy with the progress and hope for a better future for them.
“I am quite happy with the results. They worked hard and gave their best. I am proud of them and I really hope that the future endeavours of pro-boxing in India will to rise and rise in coming years.”