India’s boxing stalwart and Olympics bronze medallist Vijender Singh is high on hopes to keep his unbeaten professional record impeccable as he prepares to square off against Artysh Lopsan of Russia.
The fight, labelled as ‘Battle on Ship’, is set to take place this Friday on the rooftop deck of the Majestic Pride Casino Ship in Panaji, Goa. The bout is set to mark Vijender’s return to the squared circle for the first time since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
After numerous international achievements as an amateur boxer, which includes a bronze at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Vijender Singh (12-0, 8 KOs) switched to professional boxing in 2015 and has remained undefeated in all of his twelve pro fights so far.
Meanwhile, the 6 feet 4 inches Artysh Lopsan (4-1-1, 2 KOs), who will be making his seventh pro bout appearance, recently expressed his aspiration to terminate Vijender’s unblemished 12-fight streak.
“Vijender is a good fighter but I’m here to end his unbeaten streak. What better way to end his streak than knocking him down in front of his audience. I’ve trained hard for this fight and I’m rearing to go,” Lopsan said recently.
Lopsan is still a kid: Vijender Singh isn’t breaking any sweat against the taller Russian
Artysh Lopsan’s words soon caught the attention of Vijender and the Indian pugilist came up with a rebuttal. His words ooze confidence, despite the Russian towering 4 inches above him.
“He is tall and I will take it slow at the start but I’m confident of beating him nonetheless,” Vijender told PTI in an interview on Monday, “height is not everything and in boxing, you need strength and strategy.”
I have experience under my belt and Lopsan is still a kid,” Vijender, who is aiming his 13th pro victory, promises a brilliant sparring contest this Friday, “my unbeaten streak will continue after March 19 and I’m sure everyone will witness an amazing day of boxing. The tougher the opponent, the more fun to beat him.”
Vijender Singh, who formerly held the WBO Asia Pacific and WBO Oriental super-middleweight titles, was last seen in action against Ghanaian professional boxer Charles Adamu on 22nd November 2019 at the Caesars Palace Dubai, a bout which he won via unanimous decision.
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