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Wednesday, Sep 18, 2019

Vijender Singh beats Ernest Amuzu to retain WBO Oriental & Asia Pacific pro boxing titles, highlights

Vijender Singh earned his 10th consecutive victory in pro boxing by defeating Ghana’s Ernest Amuzu in Jaipur tonight. In the process, Vijender Singh retained both the WBO Oriental & Asia Pacific super middleweight pro boxing titles. Get highlights of Vijender Singh vs Ernest Amuzu here.

other-sports Updated: Dec 23, 2017 22:13 IST
Sandip Sikdar
Sandip Sikdar
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
India’s Vijender Singh beat Ghana’s Ernest Amuzu in the WBO Oriental & Asia Pacific super middleweight pro boxing title fight in Jaipur tonight. Get highlights of Vijender Singh vs Ernest Amuzu here.
India’s Vijender Singh beat Ghana’s Ernest Amuzu in the WBO Oriental & Asia Pacific super middleweight pro boxing title fight in Jaipur tonight. Get highlights of Vijender Singh vs Ernest Amuzu here.(HT Photo)

Vijender Singh defended his WBO Oriental and Asia Pacific super middleweight titles against Ghana’s Ernest Amuzu at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur tonight. The 32-year-old Haryana pugilist, who is currently sixth in WBO rankings, fought in the mega show called ‘Rajasthan Rumble’. It wasn’t a technical knockout and Vijender Singh had to fight out all 10 rounds to earn the victory. This was his 10th straight win in his pro boxing career. Get highlights of Vijender Singh vs Ernest Amuzu here. (LIVE STREAMING INFO)

22:15 hrs IST: Hope you enjoyed our coverage. Thanks for joining in.

22:10 hrs IST: That was a good fight and Vijender Singh will go home a happy man tonight.

22:05 hrs IST: Vijender Singh has now won 10 bouts on the trot in his pro boxing career!

21:59 hrs IST: And it is over! The bout is over. We will wait for the judges decision

21:56 hrs IST: One more round to go!

21:55 hrs IST: Some solid punches exchanged but Vijender keeps upper hand!

21:50 hrs IST: Vijender is easily cornering Amuzu. Wow! He evades a punch with superb agility. This bout looks like it is going to Vijender

21:45 hrs IST: Amuzu is tiring out now. This is a tough fight. Even Vijender’s face is all red

21:43 hrs IST: That must have hurt! Two powerful punches on Amuzu’s jawline! He returns with a punch to Vijender’s head!

21:40 hrs IST: Both got hurt during that Round 5. But those 5 seconds Amuzu really came alive and hurt Vijender. Those were some good points from the judges point of view

21:36 hrs IST: Those are some real-hard punches which have landed on Amuzu’s rib-cage. Looks advantage Vijender as of now

21:34 hrs IST: Now the punches and jabs are getting harder and stronger

21:30 hrs IST: Not much to select from during the third round. It was pretty caution-filled. Here comes round 4

21:25 hrs IST: Things are beginning to heat up now. More aggression from both the boxers but not heavy duty yet

21:21 hrs IST: A very cautious first round from both. A few jabs here and there, both trying to read each other’s styles.

21:18 hrs IST: The bout begins!

21:16 hrs IST: Time for the national anthems!

21:15 hrs IST: The stadium has finally come alive!

21:12 hrs IST: And here comes Vijender in his blue hood dress, donned by his two belts and a big Indian tri-colour

21:11 hrs IST: Ernest Amuzu makes his way to the ring! He looks quite confident

21:09 hrs IST: The 32-year-old from Bhiwani entered professional boxing in 2015. Vijender has 9 wins under his belt with 7 of them being won by KO and 2 by unanimous decision. He has played 40 rounds in his 9 fights of pro boxing career so far.

21:07 hrs IST: This is the culmination of ‘Rajasthan Rumble’!

21:05 hrs IST: This is a super middleweight contest, meaning of 76.2 kg classification. This 10-round contest will be for the WBO Oriental and Asia Pacific titles, both of which are in possession of Vijender as of now

21:02 hrs IST: This is Vijender Singh’s 10th bout!

21:00 hrs IST: Time for the main event! It is Vijender Singh vs Ernest Amuzu!

20:55 hrs IST: Pardeep Kharera wins by a unanimous decision!

20:52 hrs IST: Both the boxers are drained of their energy at the end of the Round 6

20:47 hrs IST: This bout is looking like it will go the distance!

20:42 hrs IST: We are not far from the main event of the evening!

20:33 hrs IST: The bout has begun!

20:27 hrs IST: It is time for the welterweight bout between Pardeep Kharera and Nikhil Sharma. This is the final fight before Vijender’s match.This is a 66.7 kg, six-round bout!

20:20 hrs IST: It is a split decision but the bottomline is that the judges favoured Amandeep!

20:15 hrs IST: The four rounds are over and it is Amandeep who has won!

20:08 hrs IST: Manoj seems to be having the upper hand, quite a few jabs landed at Amandeep’s chin

20:04 hrs IST: This is again a non-title fight and will be a four-round contest with each round lasting three minutes

20:00 hrs IST: It is Manoj Kumar taking on Amandeep Singh in a Bantamweight classification bout (55.5 kg)

19:57 hrs IST: It is time for the next bout!

19:53 hrs IST: Kuldeep Dhanda has won and by unanimous decision. But that was a good fight from Fateh Singh who did not look in the beginning if he would be able to step up to the challenge

19:46 hrs IST: Only one minute remaining and this won’t be a technical knockout!

19:40 hrs IST: Fateh Singh certainly has a lot of fight in him. The boy has energy and it is very close in this bout

19:33 hrs IST: Dhanda looks more solid here even though Fateh Singh is giving a tough fight. At the end of the second round, Dhanda had Fateh on the floor

19:28 hrs IST: The weight category of this contest in 61.2 kg and this will be a six-round contest

19:25 hrs IST: Up next is Kuldeep Dhanda and Fateh Singh in a lightweight battle!

19:18 hrs IST: Dharmender Grewal has won! It was a technical knockout! To be honest, it was a virtual knockout. After those punches, Nagar did not look in a condition to fight!

19:15 hrs IST: Nagar’s nose has been busted by Grewal! It is all red and Nagar is taking medical timeout, attending to his nose. He looks almost in tears. This is a tough sport!

19:13 hrs IST: Oooooh! Those punches must have hurt!

19:09 hrs IST: This is a four round pro boxing fight between Nagar and Grewal

19:05 hrs IST: The stage is set and the fight night has begun! It is Harsh Nagar taking on Dharmender Grewal for a cruiserweight fight. This is a non-title fight.

19:00 hrs IST: It is time for Rajasthan Rumble. Vijender Singh will take on Ernest Amuzu in the main fight but before that there will be six other fights!

18:56 hrs IST: Hello and welcome to the fight night

‘Rajasthan Rumble’ will also feature Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Amandeep Singh, who will take on Manoj Kumar from Punjab, while two-time Asian boxing champion Kuldeep Singh will face Amrinder Singh from Haryana. ‘Rajasthan Rumble’ will also see participation from other young talented boxers like Pardeep Kharera, Kuldeep Dhanda, Dharmendra Grewal and Asad Asif Khan.

The 34-year-old Ghanaian holds a record of 23 wins with 21 knockouts and two losses out of a total of 25 bouts he has fought so far in his career. This is his first fight in Asia.

First Published: Dec 23, 2017 17:49 IST