Liverpool, United Kingdom: There was no stopping Indian boxing star Vijender Singh as he notched up his fourth successive knock-out professional win by pummelling Hungary's Alexander Horvath in under three rounds in Liverpool on Sunday.
Vijender had little trouble out-punching his opponent, who failed to get up after being thrown off balance by his body blows in the third round of the six-round contest of the middleweight (75kg) category late on Saturday night.
"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 knock-out 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 knock-out triumphs, continued to be a cut above his rivals, who talk big but deliver little inside the ring.
Vijender walked into the arena to the trademark beats of popular Bollywood song 'Singh is King' and was cheered vociferously by the sizeable Indian community present inside.
The Indian took barely a few seconds to get a measure of his rival and once that was done, Vijender landed some telling jabs to unsettle Horvath, whose spat out his gumshield twice in the opening round itself.
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 Singh dedicates win to Pathankot martyrs
Vijender then went on to dedicate his triumph to the Indian Armed Forces personnel who were martyred in the Pathankot terror attack.
I dedicate this victory to the Martyrs of the Indian Armed Forces during terrorist attacks in Jammu and Pathankot pic.twitter.com/rvuX0zFUy9
— Vijender Singh (@boxervijender) March 12, 2016
"I dedicate this win to the martyrs of Indian Armed Forces during Jammu and Pathankot attacks," said Vijender after the bout.
The bout against Horvath was Vijender's first of the year after three successive knockout wins last year.
"I'm thrilled to get my fourth professional victory and excited for what the future holds for me. I'm happy to get another knockout win and really want to push on from here with some big performances is 2016. I was better prepared for my fight this time because this fight was postponed for almost a month," he said.
Talking about his opponent Horvath, who resorted to a bizarre routine of driking snake blood before the bout, Vijender said by beating the Hungarian with ease, he has proved that while it's easy to claim big, it is always tough to deliver through actions.
"I have proved my hard work in the ring, I know in professional boxing your opponents always engage you in war of words and they give you a lot of challenges as Horvath did, but my punches replied to him.
"I am happy my professional career is progressing in a positive manner and all the hard work I am doing with my trainers is giving positive results," he said.
Vijender also thanked the Indian diaspora here for turning up in numbers to support him.
"The support I have received from everyone here in Liverpool and back home in India has been absolutely phenomenal. My phone hasn't stopped buzzing with messages of support from all around the world and I'm so grateful to all of my new fans," he said.
Commenting on Vijender's fourth win in a row, his trainer Lee Beard said, "Vijender was in control of the fight from early stage and enjoyed himself there. He took his time because he wanted to get some rounds under his belt, we've also been working on getting his feet and distance right to try and get himself into a position to land meaningful shots.
"He's also been practising his defence and blocking punches to let him work on the inside, which he did tonight against Horvath. I'm very pleased with the job he's done, but there is still much more to come."
Vijender will next be seen in action on April 2, the opponent and venue for which would be decided later.