Vijender Singh to face Frenchman Matiouze Royer on April 30

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Vijender Singh to face Frenchman Matiouze Royer on April 30

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Arun S Kaimal


Indian boxer Vijender Singh will square off against Frenchman Matiouze Royer in his fifth professional bout on April 30 at the Copper Box Arena in London. The 30-year old pugilist has been on an unbeaten run since his debut last October defeating four of his opponents through knock-outs.

The Olympics and World Championship bronze medalist is gearing up for his maiden title fight in June in front of his home fans and will start the preparations for the title bout with an eight-round contest against Frenchman Matiouze Royer.

Royer, who is 29 years old, will be the Indian’s most-experienced opponent to date. The Frenchman, who hails from Bayonne in South West France, has fought 44 bouts till date winning 14 in Knock-outs. The six-footer also has 250 rounds under his belt, while Vijender has only nine in his four bouts.

The fight against Matiouze Royer will be the first eight-round contest for the Indian, who has been fighting four and six bouts, although that has not made much of a difference with Vijender winning all his four bouts through knock-outs. Vijender had made his pro-boxing debut in October last year and has been on an unbeaten run, defeating Sonny WhitingDean GillenSamet Hyuseinov and Alexander Horvath via knockouts.

“2016 is shaping up to be a massive year for me. I have a busy few months ahead of me and will be looking to carry on my KO streak with another big performance against Royer. He’s an experienced fighter so I’ll need to be at my very best to overcome him. Once I’ve dealt with him I’ll be looking ahead to my next date in Bolton before gearing up for my massive homecoming in India this summer,” Vijender was quoted as saying by PTI.

Vijender’s bout in India is scheduled for June 11, and he will be fighting an unnamed opponent for the WBO Asia title belt.  

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