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Vijender Singh says India-China standoff will impact fight with Zulpikar Maimaitiali

Vijender Singh has stated that his upcoming bout against Zulpikar Maimaitiali will be affected by current relations between India and China.

other-sports Updated: Aug 02, 2017 20:16 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
Vijender Singh wants to make India proud and beat Chinese boxer Zulpikar Maimaitiali.
Vijender Singh wants to make India proud and beat Chinese boxer Zulpikar Maimaitiali. (PTI)

Following an eight-month hiatus from the boxing ring, WBO Asia Pacific super middleweight champion Vijender Singh will take on China’s Zulpikar Maimaitiali, and the Indian termed his opponent as inexperienced ahead of the showdown here on Saturday.

“He’s been through just eight fights so I don’t consider him as an experienced boxer. But he’s young and got about 5-6 knockouts to his name, but we are prepared for that,” said Vijender Singh after his arrival on Wednesday.

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He said his tactics will depend on the approach of his opponent. “I will fight according to his approach to the fight. His inexperience may lead him into making mistakes, trying to rush into it. He’s always in a rush to finish the fight,” said Vijender, who will miss his son’s birthday on August 4 as he prepares for the dual-title event.

The fight comes amidst the political stand-off between India and China, and Vijender Singh feels the situation will impact the bout.

“It is at the end of the day an India vs China bout and given the current situation I feel a sense of responsibility to make India proud,” said the 31-year old.

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Vijender Singh’s British trainer Lee Beard was confident and said if everything went to plan Vijender would dominate the night.

“I have asked him to keep relaxed and calm. His body is in great shape, so just have to make sure he is not doing anything crazy. It’s not about how fast or slow he will be, but how he performs on the night. If Vijender can execute what we have been working on, he will control the fight,” said Beard.

First Published: Aug 02, 2017 20:16 IST

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