Vijender Singh takes on Australia’s Kerry Hope, his seventh pro boxing fight, in New Delhi on Saturday. It is the Indian boxer’s toughest so far, and a win in will help him enter the top-15 of the World Boxing Organization (WBO) ranking. If he wins, Vijender will lift his first title of his professional career — WBO Asia Pacific super middleweight belt.
In his 12 years as a professional, Hope has endured 183 rounds of boxing compared to just 17 so far by Vijender, and it will be the first ever 10-round fight for Vijender. Hope is a former WBCC European champion with 23-7 win-loss record. But the Indian at the age of 30, has younger legs than the Australian, who is 34.
Vijender Singh is unbeaten since turning pro in 2015. Here's a look at his previous six bouts before the showdown against Hope:
Vijender Singh vs Sonny Whiting
Vijender Singh made his professional boxing debut with a bang, defeating Briton Sonny Whiting through a technical knock out in the third round at the Manchester Arena in October 2015. The Olympic and world championship medallist began well, attacked through the middleweight bout, and finished off the fight in the penultimate round when the referee stopped the contest.
Vijender Singh vs Dean Gillen
In his second bout Vijender registered a comfortable win over British pugilist Dean Gillen. He knocked out Gillen in the opening round to register his second consecutive victory at the professional level at the National Stadium in Dublin. The former Asian Games champion was more defensively solid than his first bout. Vijender moved well in the ring, showcasing some nice footwork and put his opponent under pressure right from the start with powerful punches.
Vijender Singh vs Samet Hyuseinov
Vijender Singh registered his third consecutive win in the professional arena with an easy technical knockout (TKO) victory over Bulgarian Samet Hyuseinov at the Manchester Arena in December 2015. This was his first six-round contest and he wrapped it up in the opening minute of the second round, unleashing a barrage of powerful blows on his opponent which prompted the referee to stop the fight.
Vijender Singh vs Alexander Horvath
The Indian boxer's fourth consecutive victory came against Hungarian opponent Alexander Horvath in March earlier this year. Unlike his first three bouts, when his opponents looked in a hurry to wind up bouts as soon as possible, Vijender took three rounds to ultimately prevail as the winner.
Vijender Singh vs Matiouze Royer
Vijender Singh's power-packed punches went unchallenged yet again as he notched up a fifth successive knock-out win, battering Frenchman Matiouze Royer. Vijender was declared winner a little over a minute into the fifth round of the super middleweight contest, incidentally his longest bout so far. The Indian was up against his most experienced rival till date in Royer, who came into the bout with an accumulated 250 rounds under his belt. Royer's determination finally broke in the fifth round after an unrelenting Vijender brought him to his knees with an onslaught of body blows. The 29-year-old Frenchman could not continue after that because of his bloodied eye, giving Vijender yet another dominant victory.
Vijender Singh vs Andrzej Soldra
Vijender Singh's rampaging winning streak remained intact as he carved out a sixth successive knockout victory by battering Poland's Andrzej Soldra in May at the Macron Stadium in Bolton. Fighting the first eight-round contest of his fledgling pro career, Vijender completed yet another dominating win barely a minute into the third round.