Vijender Singh, India’s boxing star will defends his WBO Super Middleweight Asia Pacific title against the former WBF World Champion and current Intercontinental Champion Francis Cheka on December 17th at New Delhi.
The Indian knockout merchant claimed his first WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight title in July this year against Australian Kerry Hope and hopes to defend his title by knocking out Cheka in the early rounds. Vijender Singh kick-started his pro career in the paid ranks by overpowering his first seven opponents in just 27 rounds. Cheka will be Vijender’s most experienced opponent to date and will be a stern test for the big-hitting Indian boxer. The Indian currently has a record of seven out of seven wins with 6 knockouts.
The 34-year-old Tanzanian veteran of 43 fights has 32 wins including 17 knockouts. Cheka has proved himself repeatedly against champions such as WBA World Champion Fedor Chudinov and WBC International Champion Matthew Mecklinand and has racked up 300 brutal rounds in his 16 year career in comparison to Vijender Singh’s 27 rounds in his year old professional career.
Speaking about his opponent, Vijender said, “Cheka is a highly experienced boxer, he has many bouts under his belt, but none of this demotivates me. I am training harder to match up to his level and hoping for another win.” Vijender added that his stance and punches are improving with each training session and he is confident of a win. Besides he has the home advantage over Cheka.
However Cheka is not too worried about Vijender as he believes the Indian boxer is very inexperienced when compared to him and is confident that he can knock him out in the first round and take away his title on home soil. Cheka has promised to give Vijender a lesson in boxing during their fight and believes that he will add to his record of 17 knockouts.
Vijender has been training in Manchester and he prepares for his title defense next month. Lee Beard who is Vijender’s trainer stated that they were working on Vijender’s strength and power and the benefits of the high intensity training sessions were already showing. IOS Boxing Promotions which manages Vijender is excited for this tour. They are confident of a houseful fight night this time as well, due to the overwhelming response from the press and social media outlets.