Vijender Singh outboxes Zulpikar Maimaitiali to grab second WBO title

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Vijender Singh poses with trainer Lee Beard (R) after beating China's Zulpikar Maimaitiali to add the WBO Oriental Super Middleweight to his WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight champion belt during ‘Battleground Asia’ at the National Sports Complex of India (NSCI) Dome in Mumbai on Saturday. Vijender won the 10-round encounter via unanimous decision. (AFP)

Vijender Singh poses with trainer Lee Beard (R) after beating China's Zulpikar Maimaitiali to add the WBO Oriental Super Middleweight to his WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight champion belt during ‘Battleground Asia’ at the National Sports Complex of India (NSCI) Dome in Mumbai on Saturday. Vijender won the 10-round encounter via unanimous decision. (AFP)

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After initial exchanges from both boxers testing each other, Vijender Singh (L) started dictating terms against Zulpikar Maimaitiali with his precise jabs and counter punches during during their double title bout at the National Sports Complex of India (NSCI) Dome in Mumbai on Saturday. (AFP)

After initial exchanges from both boxers testing each other, Vijender Singh (L) started dictating terms against Zulpikar Maimaitiali with his precise jabs and counter punches during during their double title bout at the National Sports Complex of India (NSCI) Dome in Mumbai on Saturday. (AFP)

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In the first five rounds or so, Vijender singh was able to connect many punches, including devastating straight rights on Zulpikar Maimaitiali. (AP)

In the first five rounds or so, Vijender singh was able to connect many punches, including devastating straight rights on Zulpikar Maimaitiali. (AP)

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Vijender Singh landed a right hook on Zulpilkar Maimaitiali that shook the Chinese boxer, who took some time to recover. (PTI)

Vijender Singh landed a right hook on Zulpilkar Maimaitiali that shook the Chinese boxer, who took some time to recover. (PTI)

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As the tempo of the fight increased, Zulpikar Maimaitiali, whose tactic revolved around body blows, was warned a couple of times for hitting below the belt. The Chinese boxer was docked a point later which eventually cost him dearly as the bout went to the judges’ decision. (AFP)

As the tempo of the fight increased, Zulpikar Maimaitiali, whose tactic revolved around body blows, was warned a couple of times for hitting below the belt. The Chinese boxer was docked a point later which eventually cost him dearly as the bout went to the judges’ decision. (AFP)

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The last two rounds of the bout clearly belonged to Zulpikar Maimaitiali as he tried to outscore or knock Vijender Singh (L) out. But the Indian’s defensive technical prowess saw him through. (AFP)

The last two rounds of the bout clearly belonged to Zulpikar Maimaitiali as he tried to outscore or knock Vijender Singh (L) out. But the Indian’s defensive technical prowess saw him through. (AFP)

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The referee raises the hand of Vijender Singh (C) who beat Zulpikar Maimaitiali by a unanimous verdict — 96-93, 95-94, 95-94. (AFP)

The referee raises the hand of Vijender Singh (C) who beat Zulpikar Maimaitiali by a unanimous verdict — 96-93, 95-94, 95-94. (AFP)

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Vijender Singh greets Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan during his impromptu lap of honour around the ring after beating Zulpilkar Maimaitiali. (PTI)

Vijender Singh greets Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan during his impromptu lap of honour around the ring after beating Zulpilkar Maimaitiali. (PTI)

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The new WBO Oriental Super Middleweight and Asia-Pacific Super Middleweight champion, Vijender Singh, gets hoisted by his support crew soon after the bout against Zulpikar Maimaitiali. (AFP)

The new WBO Oriental Super Middleweight and Asia-Pacific Super Middleweight champion, Vijender Singh, gets hoisted by his support crew soon after the bout against Zulpikar Maimaitiali. (AFP)

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