At the WBO Asia Pacific super middleweight championship held at New Delhi, Vijender Singh was scheduled to compete with Francis Cheka(Tanzania). Vijender was to defend his title that he won in July 2016. (Vijender Defends His Title In Style!)
Vijender Singh Beniwal is a professional Indian boxer. He got recognition and fame after he won a Bronxe medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Being India’s pride, he was awarded Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna and Padma Shri. He also qualified and participated at the 2012 London Olympics.
Shortly before the 2016 Rio Olympics qualifiers, he decided to turn into a Professional player. Being MTV Roadie judge gave him the inspiration to become Pro. He signed a multi-year deal with Queensburry Promotions. He still represents India but now he gets paid for every match he plays. This switch, from Amateur to Professional, ruled him out of 2016 Rio Olympics. Ever since, he has been successful in planting India on the World Boxing chart.
On the other end, Francis Cheka has been Boxing Champion at IBF Continental Africa as a champion. He has been a Professional boxer for 16 years now which is way more than we can say for Vijender, who is six months old. (Vijender Defends His Title In Style!)
Playing for the title
In the bout, Vijender missed no opportunity to dominate. Cheka is considered the gatekeeper of the super middleweight division. Against Vijender, Cheka wobbled, stumbled, clinched and eventually knocked out. He took Cheka down in mere three rounds than the ten provided to them by the sport. While throwing punches at each other, Vijender looked calm and stuck to his game of play while mocking his opponent; and it seems it was well executed.
To quote Vijender himself, “I did not think winning against Cheka would be as easy as it turned out. I did not want to hit him. I just wanted to have fun with him.” Vijender truly made his point.
After Mary Kom’s amazing boxing career displayed in front of us, this is another gem capable of bringing laurels to the country. This embarks as his eighth professional victory; second at home. Bigger tests will surely come Vijender’s way. He plans on winning many more and larger titles soon. (Vijender Defends His Title In Style!)
He has an inclination towards Commenwealth title and Oriental title.Pro boxing is a brutal sport; this fight did little to change that perception. If he keeps pursuing boxing the way he did at Thyagaraj Stadium, New Delhi; all can be conquered!