Indian boxer Vijender Singh will be going up against Ghana’s Ernest Amuzu in the double title defence match (WBO Asia Pacific and WBO Oriental Super Middleweight). The African champion recently threatened Vijender, saying that he will ‘smash the Indian Champion to pulp before knocking him out’. Vijender remained unfazed by the former’s comments. He will be locking horns with Amuzu on December 23.
Vijender is on a winning-spree as he has won 9 consecutive matches. The 32-year-old trusted his trainers to get him ready for the bout. He said,
My trainers Lee Beard and John Joyce are in India and we have watched videos of Ernest, my previous opponent was southpaw and now Ernest is Orthodox so I have worked a lot on changing my technique according to this opponent. My coaches have worked out strategies against him in the ring. I am almost prepared for this fight. I know Ernest is experienced than me in professional boxing with 25 fights and 23 wins but my amateur experience always helps me when I face opponents in the pro boxing ring.
Vijender responded to Amuzu’s threats and said,
I think he should not take me lightly in the ring, I will knock him out in the early rounds. This will be my last fight of 2017 and I would like to end my year on a winning note that too with a knockout win.
Vijender seemed to have a calm head as he considers the exchange of words a ritual before every game.
I know this is a mind game and before this all my nine opponents have tried same strategy but I am always focused on my training. Let Ernest do this trash talk, but I am working hard doing 10 rounds of sparring daily with different boxers.
Here’s Vijender’s previous fight earlier in 2017 –
Vijender recently attended an Indo-Japan Sports Exchange event on December 16. The boxer was on the guest list which included hockey legend Balbir Singh Sr, boxing star Akhil Kumar. Japan’s judokas Misato Nakamura (Beijing & Rio De Janeiro Olympics bronze medallist) and Masahi Nishiyama (London Olympics bronze medalist).