Vijender Singh breaks into top 10 in WBO rankings

  • PTI, New Delhi
  • Updated: Aug 03, 2016 19:21 IST
Vijender Singh celebrates after beating Australia's Kerry Hope to win the WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight Championship at Thyagaraj Sports Complex in New Delhi. (PTI Photo)

Indian boxing star Vijender Singh broke into the World Boxing Organisation’s (WBO) rankings at 10th on Wednesday after being crowned its Asia Pacific super middleweight champion at Delhi in July.

Vijender, who beat former WBC European champion Kerry Hope to win the title in a gruelling 10-round contest, has been unbeaten since he turned professional last year, recording seven straight wins -- six of them knockouts.

The Indian is placed above rising American star Trevor McCumby, who is also undefeated in the circuit with 22 wins, 17 of them knockouts.

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“It’s just the start for me, one day I want to be the No.1 in the world. That’s my dream and I am sure I will achieve it,” Vijender, who was India’s first Olympic and World Championships medal winner in a trailblazing amateur career, told PTI.

A rung above Vijender is US-based Russian Matt Korobov, who has 26 wins in 27 fights so far.

The top slot in the super middleweight category is held by American Jesse Hart, the reigning North American Boxing Organisation (NABO) champion.

Vijender Singh hits his opponent Australia's Kerry Hope during the WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight Championship. (PTI Photo)

The Indian might face Commonwealth champion Luke Blackledge in his next fight, his promoters had hinted after the triumph title triumph.

Vijender, who is currently in India, met Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday.

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