Saina Nehwal winning major titles in the last seven to eight years has played an important role in establishing India's name in the global map of badminton, and now, Vijender Singh is doing the same in professional boxing. The Indian shuttler is aware of Vijender's match against Francis Cheka in New Delhi on December 17, and has wished the boxer all the best. Saina is expecting another thrilling contest.
Vijender, who might have been initially criticised by many after he decided to give up amateur boxing and go pro, has been sensational in the professional circuit, and has been winning fans over with his performances. The Indian boxer is also gradually placing India's name in the global map of boxing.
The boxer from Haryana has taken the world by storm, winning matches after matches and that too with some ease. He has not lost a single bout in his professional career, which kicked off last year. After his impressive debut against Sonny Whiting, there has been no looking back for Vijender, who has since won six matches on a row to maintain his unbeaten run.
Vijender became the WBO Asia Pacific Super middleweight champion after defeating experienced Kerry Hope in his last fight at Thyagaraj Sport Complex in New Delhi. The same venue will once again witness Vijender defend his title against Cheka, who is surely going to be his toughest fight in his pro career.
Cheka, who is from Tanzania, has 300 rounds of fight under his name, which reflects his experience inside the ring compared to Vijender's 27. Cheka has already thrown some jabs at Vijender stating that he will show what pro boxing really means.
However, most of Vijender's opponent in the pro circuit has bashed him with words before the fight, but the Indian boxer has silenced them with his performances inside the ring. India boxing fans, including Saina, will hope for a great performance from Vijender and retain the world title.
The Indian shuttler took to Twitter to wish Vijender for his bout well before her Macau Open quarter-finals encounter against Yiman Zhang. Unfortunately Saina lost the match earlier on Friday to be knocked out of the competition, but one hopes that the India boxer will yield a positive result in New Delhi.