Published On: Sun, Jul 17th, 2016

Singh is King: Vijender Singh wins WBO Asia Title

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Congratulations pour in for the boxer after his win

President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi today congratulated Vijender Singh on clinching the WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight title, saying that the star boxer has made the country proud with his feat.

Vijender scored a dominating win over Welsh-born Australian Kerry Hope in a 10-round bout here last night.

“Hearty congratulations @boxervijender, you have made whole nation proud with victory in WBO Asia Pacific championship,” President Mukherjee wrote on his official twitter handle.

PM Modi lauded Vijender for his immense skill, strength and stamina while dismantling his opponent to win the Asia Pacific title.

“Congratulations @boxervijender for a hard fought and well deserved win. It was yet another display of immense skill, strength & stamina,” Modi wrote on his personal Twitter handle.

Match lasts full 10 rounds

The first title match for Vijender also proved to be the longest of his professional career lasting the full 10 rounds. In the end the score was 98-92, 98-92, 100-90 in Vijender’s favor.

The 30-year-old Indian took all 10 rounds to systematically dismantle the 34-year-old Welsh-born Australian and record his seventh straight win in the circuit, a year after turning professional.
Vijender, who as an amateur held the distinction of being India’s first Olympic and World Championships medallist, was hardly pushed despite playing all 10 rounds, and was cheered deliriously by a packed partisan crowd.

Indian cricket limited overs captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, star boxer Mary Kom, former India cricketers Virender Sehwag and V V S Laxman, and Haryana and Delhi Chief Ministers Manohar Lal Khattar and Arvind Kejriwal were among those who congratulated Vijender on his achievement.

“Saw a full mch of boxing after yrs. thks @boxervijender for mkg INDIA proud, it’s just the start ur hrd wrk, dedication and sacrifice paid off,” Dhoni tweeted.

“Congratulation@boxervijender,” tweeted Olympics bronze medallist Mary Kom, who also watched the bout last night.

“Congratulations to the talented @boxervijender for winning the WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight title.

#Haryana is proud of you!,” Haryana CM Khattar tweeted.

“Congrats @boxervijender,” wrote Delhi CM Kejriwal.

Sehwag, who himself was present at the Thyagaraj Stadium last night, was effusive in his praise of Vijender.

“Many congratulations #VijenderSingh, Thok Daala Tau! Australia ka Hope fuss in front of our Tope @boxervijender,” he tweeted.

He tweeted earlier, “Mukkon ki dhardhar Barsaat happening by our #RingKaKing @boxervijender.”

Laxman, said, “Congratulations @boxervijender ??You deserve every bit of the WBO title??Great sporting news for India.”

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