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Vijender wins third pro bout, delivers hat-trick of knockout wins

other sports Updated: Dec 19, 2015 23:25 IST
Vijender Singh

Vijender Singh after winning his second bout as a professional boxer.(Photo: Twitter handle @boxervijender)

Star Indian boxer Vijender Singh continued his remarkably dominant run in the professional circuit, notching up a third successive knockout triumph by thrashing Bulgaria’s Samet Hyuseinov in less than two rounds in Manchester on Saturday.

Barely 35 seconds into the second round of his maiden six-round contest, Singh cornered Hyuseinov with a flurry of combination punches to force the referee into stopping the bout and give the Indian a win via Technical Knockout.

The former Olympic and World Championships bronze-medallist thus continues to remain unbeaten since making his debut in October, all three of his wins being knockouts in under three rounds. “I practice a lot when I am sparring so that helps me finish it off early in actual contest,” Singh said after the bout.

With a sizeable crowd in attendance to cheer him, Singh walked in to the beats of ‘Singh is King’ and made sure that the song resonated well after he was done with the job inside the ring.

For all his tall talk before the bout, Hyuseinov looked intimidated the moment Singh stepped in. While the Indian moved around confidently and had the Bulgarian on the backfoot with his telling jabs and piercing left uppercuts, Hyuseinov seemed clueless on whether to go all out or stick to counter-attack.

Singh made full use of his longer reach and his opponent’s confused strategy to complete a dominating first round. The 30-year-old then seemed in a hurry to finish off the contest in the second round and he did just that simply by pummelling Hyuseinov.

The assault was so fierce that referee stepped in to rescue the cowering Bulgarian, who had promised to send Singh back to India “beaten and broken.” The Haryana lad, on his part, had vowed to answer inside the ring and he did that in style to walk away a deserving winner.

Singh had beaten Sonny Whiting and Dean Gillen in his previous two bouts, both of which were to be four-round contests but lasted barely over two rounds.