Vijender Singh has branded his Chinese opponent Zulpikar Maimaitiali as inexperienced and error prone and stated that he wouldn’t be a tough challenge for him. The Indian professional boxer also expressed that the ongoing Indo-China standoff increases his responsibility going into the game.
India’s star professional boxer Vijender Singh is gearing up for his much-anticipated bout against China’s undefeated, left-handed fighter Zulpikar Maimaitiali for a double-title fight, which takes place this Saturday.
The Olympic bronze medalist looked unfazed by the hype and seems quite confident ahead of the game. Stating his opponent’s young age, the 31-year-old, said, “I am experienced... I don't consider him as an experienced boxer, he is young, but he is a strong kid and we are ready for it. I have a game plan which I discussed with my coach, he (the coach) said to stay calm, don't be in hurry."
23-year-old Zulpikar is the current WBO Oriental Super Middleweight champion. And the southpaw will put his WBO at stake against India’s WBO Asia Pacific Middleweight champion. Vijender is under the tutelage of trainer Lee Beard for this bout and has been training in Manchester, England.
"I don't think so... many more to come. I don't think there is any challenge. If he is going to be aggressive, I will react accordingly," said Vijender.
However, India’s current rift with neighbours China in the Sikkim sector could add pressure on the confident boxer. Vijender admitted that and stated, “Here is a responsibility because it's India-China. Right now, the situation is bad, so this kind of responsibility I feel."
The political scenario is bound to give more hype to the bout. Vijender had taken it upon himself to present the first ticket of the game to India’s cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar at his house.