Vijender Singh registers sixth successive TKO win


Pride of India, Vijender Singh produced yet another technical knock-out for a sixth successive win in his fledgling professional boxing career. In his first eight-round bout, the Indian boxer defeated Andrzej Soldra of Poland in three rounds with referee stopping the contest at Bolton’s Macron Stadium, Premier Suite on Friday.
Vijender started confidently, landing a couple of left jabs on Soldra, in the Round 1. Then a count from the referee inside 30 seconds followed as the undefeated Indian landed a huge upper cut to floor the Polish. The 2008 Olympics medallist combined a couple of body blows before executing that blow.

Seconds later, Vijender cornered his opponent with a flurry powerful jabs.

In the Round 2, Vijender started with an open stance. But he was equally punishing as he continued to land body blows to his opponent. Then, out of nowhere, Royer tried to force a fight with a counter punch.

But the Indian was too powerful for his Polish opponent, who resorted to wild swings. The round ended with Vijender again taking a decisive lead.

The Round 3 started with Soldra attacking the Indian. It continued with both the boxers attacking each other, and couple of separation from the referee. Then, Vijender managed to floor his opponent again, which the referee ruled a push.

Just after the restart, Vijender landed huge right hand, then a couple of one-two’s forced the referee to stop the contest. Soldra had only been stopped thrice in a professional career spanning over five years.

The red-hot super middleweight ace, who took bronze at the 2008 Olympic Games, has made an explosive start to his professional career by blowing away his six opponents.

The Haryana lad had previously won all his five fights by technical knockouts in only 14 rounds of action.

The Indian had claimed his fifth professional win at the Copper Box Arena in London last month with a blistering fifth round stoppage of Frenchman Matiouze Royer. Vijender ended the contest in the fifth round with a punishing stoppage win over Royer. The fight against Frenchman was the longest of his fledgling pro career, lasting five rounds.

The 30-year-old from Bhiwani is due for a national homecoming event where he will fight for the World Boxing Association (WBO) Asia title in New Delhi.

Soldra came into the fight against Vijender in his first appearance on British soil with a record of 12 wins with five knockouts from 16 fights.

The 30-year-old Polish had the edge in experience over Vijender with 81 rounds under his belt. Soldra also had a brilliant record in amateur boxing with 82 wins from 98 fights.

Vijender will be fighting it out for the WBO Asia belt against a yet-to-be-named opponent in New Delhi on June 11.

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