Vijender Singh demolishes Kerry Hope at home to clinch WBO Asia Pacific title

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first_imgStar boxer Vijender Singh defeated Kerry Hope of Australia in a hard-fought bout to win the WBO Asia/Pacific Middleweight title at the Thyagraj Stadium here on Saturday evening.Faced with the most experienced and highly rated opponent of his fledgling professional career, Vijender carved out a 98-92, 98-92, 100-90 verdict from the three judges to extend his record to seven wins from as many fights. (Also read: Vijender Singh dedicates WBO Asia Pacific title win to Muhammad Ali) Both boxers were a bit cagey in the opening round, trying to gauge each other. Vijender did manage to penetrate his opponent’s defence once with a powerful blow that clearly shook up the Australian.Congratulations @boxervijender for a hard fought and well deserved win. It was yet another display of immense skill, strength & stamina. Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 16, 2016The second round clearly belonged to Vijender, who made good use of his long reach to evade Hope’s punches while going for power-packed body shots.Hope did better in the third round, and managed to penetrate Vijender’s defence a couple of times with his fast right jabs.By unanimous decision, @boxervijender is the new WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight CHAMPION! #SinghvsHope pic.twitter.com/YUocv4OwYW IOS Boxing (@IOSBoxing) July 16, 2016The Australian gradually started gaining the upper hand as the bout wore on, repeatedly outfoxing Vijender with his superior footwork and movement.He dominated the fourth and fifth rounds and although Vijender managed to land a few solid blows of his own, the local favourite was clearly having the worse of it.advertisementThe Indian managed to put Hope in trouble towards the end of the sixth round, putting Hope in trouble with a couple of bodyshots and a jab to the face.The 2008 Olympic bronze medalist seemed to tire a bit as the fight wore on. Hope continued to move around with speed and vigour, exhibiting impressive technique and footwork while Vijender was comparatively less mobile in the later rounds, relying more on his power to counter his opponent.But despite taking some hits to his body, he managed to hold his own till the end.SANDEEP SAHOTA WINS SUPER LIGHTWEIGHT BOUT Earlier, in the other significant fight of the night, British Asian boxer Sandeep Sahota defeated Vikas Lohan 3-0 in a Super Lightweight bout.Sahota adopted an aggressive approach right from the start. Lohan also played attacking game but Sahota ultimately proved to be too good for him, winning the fast paced bout 40-37, 40-36, 40-37.In another bout, Siddharth Verma beat Dilbagh Thakran 80-73, 79-73, 77-75.In the Lightweight category, Kuldeep Dhanda of India beat Thailand’s Vichayan Khamon 60-52, 60-55, 60-53 in convincing fashion.last_img

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