I'll be Vijender's toughest challenge'

Wednesday 19th July, 2017

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Publication  The Asian Age
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I'll be Vijender's toughest challenge'
H Aiming to "surprise" Vijender Singh in his own backyard, WBO Oriental super middleweight champion
Zulpikar Maimaitiali says he is training 10 hours a day to ensure a knockout win.
WBO Asia Pacific super middleweight champion Vijender will face China's no.l Maimaitiali for a double title fight on the August 5 at NSCI, Mumbai.
"I take every bout seriously a-nd try to push myself to the limit every time. Vijender will be one of the rivals that I beat, I know his traits and I am preparing accordingly," the 23-year-old said.
"I am putting in 10 hours every day into training to make sure Vijender is knocked out in the first 2-3 rounds itself. On August 5, Vijender will actually face the toughest opponent in his pro boxing career," he added.
Vijender Singh (left) and Zulpikar Maimaitiali.
Maimaitiali said he had his debut in 2015. worked out a plan to tame the "My team has watched all his Indian, who is unbeaten since bouts. Vijender will be surprised
when I throw punches at him, he thinks I am a kid, but he has no idea who I am," he said.
The 31-year-old Vijender has seven knockout wins since his pro boxing debut. Maimaitiali also has an unbeaten record but with fewer knockout wins.
"Both of us have no loss record since pro debut, both of us have high ratio of KOs. As I said, the pressure should be on his side, as it will be too old for him to suffer and recover from a loss, what will be worse is losing from someone as young as me. He is considered the king of boxing in India, so he has started feeling like a king, its time I get him down onto the ground," he said.
Other pro battles in the Battleground Asia section includes former Olympian Akhil Kumar, Jitender Kumar, WBC Asia welterweight champion Neeraj Goyat, Kuldeep Dhanda, Pardeep Kharera, and Dharmendra Grewal.