Vijender defeats Zulpikar, wins WBO Asia Pacific, Oriental titles – The Hindu

WBO Asia Pacific champion Vijender Singh dug into experience to survive a furious assault from Zulpikar Maimaitiali, the WBO Oriental champion, in a winner-take-all super middleweight fight, billed as Battleground Asia.

The latter was warned twice for unfair blows as the former won a unanimous points decision 96-93, 95-94, 95-94 over 10 rounds of raw aggression tempered with caution.

Zulpikar got blows through his rival’s defence initially, then came under pressure from the Indian who was able to weave out of punching range and shake up the Chinese with right hooks.

Action was restricted to short bursts, marked by circumspection from both boxers till five rounds. Vijender got a blow below the belt in the sixth round, resulting in his rival getting a warning and the crowd booed its disapproval.

The Indian expressed disappointment at the Chinese southpaw’s approach, but kept his temper and nerves in check to survive till the final bell, backpedalling round the ring and sticking to the plan devised by his trainer, Lee Beard. The latter had mentioned about the need to overcome aggression from a younger rival.

Vijender won his ninth straight pro bout, his first against a Chinese.

Neeraj retains crown

Neeraj Goyat retained his WBC Asia welterweight title, outpointing Alan Tanada over 12 rounds at the NSCI indoor stadium.

Three judges gave the Indian 119-109, 119-109, 118-110 for a clear 3-0 verdict against a rival who soaked up blows to the body. Both fighters chased the other across the ring. The Philippines fighter connected a few in the fourth round, Neeraj countered with a couple of firm punches in response.

Akhil Kumar suffered a cut over his left eye on pro debut in the junior welterweight class against Ty Gilchrist, also bleeding in his ear after a first round bust-up. The Indian warmed up for action in the second round against the prowling Aussie, but the latter opted out due to the injury.

Jitender Kumar tasted victory on pro debut earlier, a Technical Knockout (TKO) over Thailand’s Thanet Likhitkamporn. Fighting in the lightweight class, the Indian looked in an attacking mood from the outset.

The multiple-fight show was organised by IOS Boxing Promotions.

Other results:

Super Bantamweight: Asad Asif bt Larry Abwarra 3-0 (40-36, 39-37, 39-37).

Lightweight: Kuldeep Dhanda bt Sachin Bhot 3-0 (40-36, 39-37, 39-37).

Cruiserweight: Dharmendra Grewal bt Isaac Slade 3-0 (59-54, 60-53, 59-54).

Welterweight: Pardeep Kharera bt Wanphichit Siriphana, TKO.

Lightweight: Jitender Kumar bt Thanet Likhitkamporn, TKO.

Junior welterweight: Akhil Kumar bt Ty Gilchrist, TKO.

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