Vijender Singh dedicates his 'Battleground Asia' victory towards India-China peace

Vijender Singh's challenge is to keep his focus on the fight ahead of Battleground Asia

The 31 year old will go up against China's Zulpikar Maimaitiali, in a victor takes all fight, today in Mumbai.

"Vijender will be surprised when I throw punches at him".

"I don't consider him an experienced boxer". Vijender is under the tutelage of trainer Lee Beard for this bout and has been training in Manchester, England.

Speaking about the much-awaited encounter, Vijender had earlier trolled his opponent and said that he would try to finish the bout as soon as possible as "Chinese product don't last long".

The controversial 31-year-old, who is eyeing opportunities in the United Kingdom and U.S. if he manages to overcome 23-year-old Maimaitiali, is taking every opportunity to downplay the threat from his opponent while jabbing away at his Chinese nationality.

Amid the growing political tensions between India and China, the fight has gain huge popularity amongst all boxing fans, who are bidding on Vijender to get home a win against the Chinese. "Pro-boxing in my country is not so popular, if I win I will be able to promote pro-boxing and motivate youngsters in my country to come forward and pick up pro boxing as a sport". Vijender is WBO Asia Pacific Middleweight champion, while Zulpikar is WBO Oriental Super Middleweight champion.The victor shall lay claim to both the Asia Pacific and Oriental Super Middleweight titles. I don't think there is any challenge. "He'll be in for a surprise on Saturday", added Howell.

The victor of Saturday's fight will take over the title of his opponent while retaining his current title, thus becoming the numero uno boxer across two weight categories. Zulpikar has five knock outs wins and has fought 24 rounds. The result saw him maintain his unbeaten record and also hold the dual title of WBO Asia Pacific and Oriental Champion. In total, Vijender has fought eight bouts with seven of them being won by knock-out.

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