There was a lot of hype in the lead up to the fight between Indian star boxer Vijender Singh and Tanzanian Francis Cheka. Singh is arguably the best and most popular boxer to have emerged from India and was on a 7-0 winning streak. He defended his WBO Asia-Pacific Title successfully on 17th December against the more accomplished and experienced Cheka.
Singh finished the fight in just under 10 minutes after knocking out Cheka and taking his winning streak to 8-0. Singh fought at home and had the crowd support behind him and he made sure that he did not let down his fans with a convincing knockout to finish the year on a high. Indian boxing fans will no doubt be pleased with the result but will be a bit disappointed that the fight did not go further as they expected Cheka to be the biggest test of Singh’s career till date.
Cheka had a lot to say in the lead up to the fight including pushing Singh during a face-off. Whether it was done for publicity or if it was real is hard to say but Singh chose to not shoot of his mouth and let his fists do the talking in the ring. During the post match interview, Singh dedicated his victory to martyred Indian soldiers.
In a statement, Singh said “I dedicate this victory to our martyred soldiers. I felt bad when, before the fight, I got to know that three soldiers had been martyred in a terror attack in Kashmir (Saturday). I dedicate this win to all the soldiers who have been martyred this year because it is because of them that this country is there. We are nothing without them. It was depressing to hear that three soldiers died today in a terror attack.”
Singh has had a phenomenal 2016 and plans to take the remainder of the year off and enjoy his accomplishments. His next fight in 2017 could be for the Commonwealth Super Middleweight belt which is held by Luke Blackledge, a British boxer. He has fought 27 times in his career so far and won 22 of those fights, with 3 losses and 2 draws.
Singh’s promoters Infinity Optimal Solutions (IOS) stated that the Indian boxing champ is more than willing to fight in the UK and is also willing to fight in China and Dubai. His next fight is expected to be confirmed in early 2017.