Four out of four – Vijender knocks out Horvath to keep the run going

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Four out of four – Vijender knocks out Horvath to keep the run going

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Amlan Majumdar

03/12/2016

Indian pugilist Vijender Singh continued his golden run in the professional boxing ring by defeating his opponent Alexander Horvath of Hungary with a knockout in his fourth bout at Liverpool. The Indian finished the bout in about 1 minute and 2 seconds into the third round with a right-hand punch.

Both boxers started the bout defensively, sizing up each other rather than going for the big punches. The first blood was drawn by the Hungarian Alexander Horvath with a big right-hand punch into the face of Vijender. Although he suffered a minor glitch, the 2008 Olympics bronze medallist came roaring back into the bout by paying Horvath the same treatment that he received a few seconds back. Vijender also made the Hungarian lose his mouth guard before the end of the first round with another right-hand jab, which broke through his opponent’s defence.

As both players returned for the second round, Horvath looked a different boxer as he struggled throughout the round to throw even one punch at his opponent. In the usual trash talk, prior to the tournament, Horvath had announced that he was drinking snake blood to prepare for the bout. But, the power of the ‘snake blood’ disappeared quickly. However, Vijender opted not to go for an all-out attack leaving the round to be a dull affair.

The third round followed a similar pattern and Vijender knocked his opponent to his knees with a right-hand hook, which hit his opponent in the shoulder. The referee counted to ten and with Horvath not coming back to his feet, the bout was awarded to Vijender after one minute and two seconds into the third round.

Vijender had defeated Sonny Whiting, Dean Gillen and Samet Hyuseinov through knockouts in his earlier bouts. 

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