Zulpikar Maimaitiali refuses to fight against Vijender Singh
New Delhi [India], Feb.24 (ANI): WBO Oriental Super Middleweight Champion Zulpikar Miamiatiali, who was set to fight WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight Champion and Indian boxing sensation Vijender Singh in the upcoming April 1 bout, has now backed out of the fight.
The talks between promoters of Vijender Singh, IOS Boxing Promotions and the Chinese promoters were going on with regards to the April 1 fight, however the talks have now fallen flat.
However, Vijender Singh's bout slated to be held in Mumbai has no effect or changes with respect to the fight taking place. IOS Boxing promotions are now talking to other international boxing champions in the same weight category as Vijender and will soon announce the opponent.
Neerav Tomar, Promoter, IOS Boxing Promotions, "Zulpikar has refused to fight Vijender Singh, but that does not mean that the fight will not take place, it is likely to happen later in the year. However, bout set to happen on 1st April in Mumbai has not changed. We are talking to other boxers in the same category as Vijender Singh and we will announce the opponent soon. Later in summer"
On Zulpikar refusing to fight Vijender says, "I like to take things positively, I am sure Zulpikar has his reasons for not fighting. However, I am ready to fight whoever is my next opponent, my promoters are working towards it and I am sure they will come up with another challenger. I am preparing myself for whoever is willing to fight."
Currently, Vijender Singh in training in Manchester under his trainer Lee Beard. Vijender will return to India during the last week of March for the bout.(ANI)