Boxer Vijender Singh clinched his fourth successive knockout professional win by defeating Hungary’s Alexander Horvath in under three rounds in Liverpool late on Saturday night. Vijender defeated his opponent in the third round of the six-round contest in the 75 kg (middleweight) category.
Vijender had little trouble in punching out his opponent, who failed to get up after being thrown off balance by his body blows in the third round.
“I don’t know what happened to him, I think he was looking to get out by making an excuse. It’s a good start to the year for me. I am happy to register another knockout win. I think this is a great start for me looking ahead to my WBO Asia title bout in India (on June 11) this year,” Vijender said after the bout.
“My target is to win the Asia title in front of my home crowd and looking forward to register two more knockout wins in April before I play in India,” he added.
The 30-year-old Indian, who went into the contest on the back of three successive knockout triumphs, continued to be a cut above his rival.
20-year-old Horvath, with an experience of seven pro fights failed to counter the ferocity of India’s first Olympic and bronze-medallist in the World Championships.
Vijender walked into the arena with popular Bollywood music playing in the background and he was cheered by the big Indian community present there.
The Indian took barely a few seconds to get a measure of his rival and once that was done, Vijender landed some severe blows to unsettle Horvath. Vijender did exceptionally well in commanding the pace of the bout and managed to drain the Hungarian in the second round itself.
Horvath’s body language was sluggish while Vijender executed his counter-attacks with the right mix of confidence and power.
Horvath’s agony ended barely a minute into the third round when Vijender’s body blows brought him to his knees, giving the Indian his fourth knockout triumph.
Vijender will now fight his next match on April 2.
(With inputs from PTI)