SINGH IS KING: Vijender Singh wins WBO Asia Pacific title; beats Kerry Hope
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SINGH IS KING: Vijender Singh wins WBO Asia Pacific title; beats Kerry Hope

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July 17, 2016

SINGH IS KING: Vijender Singh wins WBO Asia Pacific title; beats Kerry Hope


Indian boxing star Vijender Singh scaled a new high in his sports career as he bagged the WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight title with a win over former WBC European champion Kerry Hope on Saturday, 16th July.

“Singh is King” the crowd cheered.

Vijendra Singh, now 30 year old, beats the Welsh-born Australian Kerry Hope and records his seventh straight win in the circuit over 10 rounds in the entire match. “It’s not about myself, it’s about my nation, my country,” Vijender said after being crowned winner.

Another highlight of the evening was the four-round clash in Super Lightweight contest between Indian-origin Brit Sanjeev Sahota and Vikas Lohan. Sahota won the bout comfortably and had the crowd on its feet by acknowledging his Indian and Punjabi roots with a little gig to the beats of a Punjabi song before leaving the ring. The crowd cheered Vijender-Hope face-off, there was another India-Australia clash when the undefeated Cameron Hammond took on Devdarshan in a welterweight six-round bout.

The Indian fought hard but still fell short as Hammond, who had participated in the 2010 Commonwealth Games here, scored a unanimous victory. But in a fine sporting gesture, Hammond raised his rival’s hand after the results were declared to acknowledge the local favourite’s fine effort.


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