IOS have announced that Asia’s Biggest showdown between India and China on 5th August 2017 in Mumbai will see WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight Champion, Vijender Singh take on China’s number 1 boxer and WBO Oriental Super Middleweight Champion Zulpikar Maimaitali for a double title fight.
In this fight, both the boxers will put their respective WBO titles at stake whoever wins the bout takes home his defended title along with his opponent’s title. This fight between two top boxers of Asian subcontinent will decide the ‘King of Asia’. The announcement was made during a press conference held at Hotel Sea Princess, Juhu, Mumbai.
After a long gap of nine years, India’s finest boxers knockout king Vijender Singh, Olympic Quarterfinalists Akhil Kumar and Jitender Kumar will be seen in the ring together. This will be a great opportunity for the boxing fans to see three of their favourite stars
The tickets for ‘Battleground Asia’ will be priced
The first ticket of the fight night was presented to the cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar by the Indian boxing sensation Vijender Singh at his residence in Mumbai. On receiving
China’s undefeated star boxer has 8 bouts under his name, same as India’s boxing sensation Vijender Singh.
Vijender Singh who remained unbeaten since his debut in professional boxing has fought 8 bouts last one being against former World Number 1 boxer Francis Cheka from Tanzania, where he defended his title. Vijender clinched on to his first title, in July 2016, against Kerry Hope of Australia, becoming the WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight Champion. In total Vijender has fought 8 bouts with 7 of them being won by
Vijender Singh expressed himself saying, “This one is going to be an exciting fight night, not only is my title at stake but I will also be fighting for another title. I am very passionate about boxing and I have an aim of winning a certain number of titles, which I will complete at any cost. I have been training hard with Lee for almost 3 months and with every passing
Speaking on the warning given by the Chinese boxer, Vijender said “I am not scared by all these things, these words are only mind games, you have seen people like him have challenged me earlier also, and the result is in front of you. My title is not going anywhere, in fact, on the 5th August I will be wearing two belts.”
Vijender has been training hard in Manchester under his globally acclaimed champion trainer Lee Beard from the past 3 months. Speaking on the occasion, Vijender’s trainer Lee Beard said, “Vijender has been working hard for 3 months now, his stamina has improved much more.
‘Battleground Asia’, will also feature star boxers promoted by IOS Boxing Promotions, Akhil Kumar former Olympic Quarterfinalist and Commonwealth Gold medalist will make his debut with a 4 round contest, in an undercard fight. This will be Akhil’s first professional bout since the time he has been granted permission to turn to pro-boxing.
Commonwealth Games 2006 Gold medalist and Beijing Olympics Quarterfinalist boxer Akhil Kumar, who spearheaded the Indian boxing contingent at numerous international tournaments for years, including World Cup (2008) where he won a bronze medal, Commonwealth Federation Boxing Championship (2005) where he grabbed another gold medal and Asian Championship is all set to begin his
Speaking on his debut Akhil Kumar said, “I am very thrilled to begin this new phase of my boxing career, now I am all set to put in the same amount of energy and hard work into professional boxing as I did in amateur boxing. Pro-boxing is different in many ways, more stamina and strength is needed to go through rounds of 8-10. I have been training for last 6 months and feel confident of entering the ring as a pro-boxer.”
Olympian Jitender Kumar is another big name of Indian boxing who has signed up with IOS Boxing Promotions a multi-year
achievements range from grabbing a bronze medal in the World Cup 2009, to another bronze in the Asian Championship 2007. Speaking
Another boxer to feature in ‘Battleground Asia’ is WBC Asia Welterweight Champion Neeraj Goyat. The 26-year-old boxer from Haryana made his professional debut in 2011 against Gou Wen Dong in China. He has fought 12 bouts with an experience of 71 rounds under his belt and claimed 8 wins, with 2 Knockouts. The Indian is currently placed 35th in the WBC list which was updated after his victory over Australian Ben Kite, who he defeated to retain his title. In 2016, he had won
The other boxers that will feature in ‘Battleground Asia’ are Pardeep
The 21- year old Pardeep
Dharmender Grewal who turned towards professional boxer in April last
Haryana boy Kuldeep Dhanda, 27, who turned professional in April last year in the