Vijender retains WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight title
New Delhi, Dec 17 (IANS) India’s Vijender Singh outpunched Tanzania’s Francis Cheka by technical knockout at the Thyagaraj Stadium here on Saturday to defend his WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight title.
The 31-year-old Indian took just three rounds to conquer the current African champion in the International Boxing Federation (IBF) Super Middleweight division to extend his unbeaten streak to eight bouts since turning professional.
Cheka, a veteran of 16 years at the professional level, had won 32 of his 43 bouts before Saturday’s fight and was expected to give a strong challenge to Vijender.
But the Haryana pugilist proved far too superior to his 34-year-old opponent.
The 2012 Beijing Olympics bronze medalist used his superior strength and height advantage over the 5’10 Cheka to good effect, dominating most of the exchanges.
Both boxers were a bit cagey in the early stages, trying to get the measure of each other.
Vijender however, successfully defended the early punches from his opponent and started dominating the first round.
Cheka was trying to make it hard for Vijender to score with his impressive fitness and mobility, but the Indian used his superior reach to build up a 3-1 lead by the end of the opening period.
Vijender dominated the second round as well, landing seven punches to Cheka’s three.
The third round witnessed the Haryana boxer completely dominating the contest as he cornered the Tanzanian and peppered him with powerful punches prompting the referee to stop the contest and award the bout in Vijender’s favour by a technical knockout.