India boxer Vijender Singh sweats it out with his trainer Lee Beard during a training session in Juhu yesterday. Pic Pradeep Dhivar
"I don't consider him an experienced boxer".
"In pro boxing, eight fights is still the beginning of the journey".
Summary: "He (Zulpikar) is young so he (can) make mistake, he is in rush". He will try to dominate from the start and hurry into things.
Instead, Zulpikar, 23, seemed calm and composed as he exchanged big punches with trainer Julian Howell for around half an hour after which he handled the media with corresponding ease and posed for photographs with anyone and everyone who stepped up next to him.
The controversial 31-year-old, who is eyeing opportunities in the United Kingdom and USA 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.
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Vijender, who remained unbeaten since his debut in professional boxing, has fought eight bouts last one being against former world number one boxer Francis Cheka from Tanzania, where he defended his title. In July 16th 2016, Vijender secured his first title WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight Champion after defeating Kerry Hope of Australia.
"I know it's not an easy fight but I am confident that with my hard work I will win it for my country and our Chinese counterpart will return home empty handed". "It affected my fight plan", said the Indian. The bout is named as the Battleground Asia.
"I will show Vijender what Chinese are capable of", said the Xinjiang-native.
As the political spat between China and India intensifies over the Bhutan border and the region attempts to de-escalate brewing tensions, one Indian is doing his utmost to whip up the souring atmosphere. "I am putting in 10 hours every day into training to make sure Vijender is knocked out in the first two to three rounds".
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