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August 23 2017, 11:11 | Van Peters
India boxer Vijender Singh sweats it out with his trainer Lee Beard during a training session in Juhu yesterday. Pic Pradeep Dhivar
Indian boxing star Vijender Singh asserted on Wednesday that he is confident of beating Zulpikar Maimaitiali of China in their double title fight on August 5 and maintain his all-win record.
"There is no pressure on me as I take on Vijender".
Singh won his second title and ninth consecutive pro bout as he beat his Chinese opponent on points by a unanimous decision. The pressure will come after that, when I face tougher boxers on my way to a world title.
The victor of Saturday's fight will take over the title of his opponent while retaining his current title, thus becoming the numero uno boxer across two weight categories. He has only been in eight fights. I don't consider him as an experienced boxer, he is young, but he is a strong kid and we are ready for it.
The controversial 31-year-old, who is eyeing opportunities in the United Kingdom and USA if he manages to overcome 23-year-old Maimaitiali, is taking every opportunity to downplay the threat from his opponent while jabbing away at his Chinese nationality. "The Indian public is aware of the situation", said Vijender. "I am confident of him". "Vijender is only one of the many, and this is a calculated move to fight Vijender, to prepare myself for other champions, this is the first step".
The comment did not go well with the top Chinese Boxer and he reacted saying that "I will show Vijender what Chinese are capable of, we have shown India time, and again what China is capable of, it's time that Vijender too learns his lesson" Zulpikar said when asked.
"These are just ways to try and play mind games with your opponent, what eventually happens is in front of the entire nation in the ring", the 2008 Beijing Olympics bronze medallist said. I don't think there is any challenge. "I am putting in 10 hours every day into training to make sure Vijender is knocked out in the first two to three rounds".