Vijender Singh with sports minister Vijay Goel during an event in IndiaIANS

India's star boxer Vijender Singh gets into his first title defence against Francis Cheka on December 17. For those who don't have a clue, Cheka, 34, from Tanzania, is the current Intercontinental Super Middleweight Champions and a former WBF Super Middleweight champion. The talking about the importance of this match stops here.

Vijender's WBO Super Middleweight Asia Pacific title is on the line here.

"Cheka is a highly experienced boxer, he has many bouts under his belt, but none of this demotivates me. I am training harder to match up to his level and hoping for another win," the Indian boxer said.

"I am confident of my win; I feel my stance is becoming better with every training session that I am undergoing. My trainer also feels that my punches are stronger than before and he has also put me under high-intensity training. I am sure of protecting my title with as much pride as I won it. I am going to leave no stone unturned to make sure my title stays with me," Vijender added.

The war of words has already started.

"I am ready to give this kid a lesson of boxing," said Cheka. I will come to India. I have heard a lot about this Indian boxer and there's a lot of hype around him, I just can't wait to be the one to put him in his place.

"I know he trains in Manchester, UK, but it will be a great fun to beat Indian lad in his own country and take away his title. If you see my record, I have a total of 17 knockouts, I have played way more rounds than he has, I am sure I will be able to knock him out in the first round itself," the 34-year-old added.

Tale of the tape

  Vijender Singh Francis Cheka
Country India Tanzania
Age 31 34
Record 7-0-0 32-9-2
Height 1.83m 1.79m
Total rounds 27 300
Weight 75kg 75kg