Indian boxing star Vijender Singh was crowned the WBO Asia-Pacific Super Middleweight champion Saturday after edging out Australia’s Kerry Hope by a unanimous decision in the country’s maiden professional fight in New Delhi.
Singh, who became the first Indian to win a boxing medal by taking home bronze from the 2008 Olympics, kept his undefeated record alive in his seventh bout since turning pro last year.
Hailing from the next-door state of Haryana, the 30-year-old did not disappoint in front of a packed house at Delhi’s Thyagaraj stadium which erupted with joy after the tenth and final round.
Singh, who had won all his previous fights via knockout or TKO, scored 98-92, 98-92, 100-90 to dismantle the former WBC European champion.
The 34-year-old Hope, who had a 23-7 record heading into the fight, relied on his 12 years of professional experience in the ring against the newcomer. But Singh appeared unstoppable.
“It’s not about myself, it’s about my nation, my country,” Singh said after being crowned winner.