In a major anti-climax, the 26-year-old six feet four inches tall pugilist out-slugged Vijender in the ''Battle on Ship'' here on Friday evening and the bout was decided in the fifth round itself, ending in a knockout.
Vijender Singh suffers first loss of professional career after fifth-round knockout at the hands of Artysh Lopsan
Vijender, a bronze medallist at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and who had turned professional in 2015, entered the bout with a 12-0 record but lost .
The 2008 Beijing Olympic bronze medalist has not lost a bout after turning professional, boasting of a 12-0 record, which includes eight knock-outs.
Lopsan, 26, has a decent record in his young career as a professional boxer. In six bouts, the Russian has won four times, including two knockouts, while registering one defeat and one draw.
Vijender, who has an unbeaten 12-0 record in professional boxing (including eight knockouts), termed Lopsan as a good fighter, but said that he was aiming to finish the bout in early rounds.
The 35-year-old reigning WBO Oriental and WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight champion defeated Ghana's former Commonwealth Champion Charles Adamu in Dubai to claim his 12th successive win in November 2019. He has not competed ever since.
Vijender, the reigning WBO Oriental and WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight champion defeated Ghana's former Commonwealth Champion Charles Adamu in Dubai to claim his 12th successive win in November 2019. He has not competed ever since.
In a show of solidarity with the farmers, some sportspersons from Punjab and Haryana, including Khel Ratna awardee Vijender Singh, have threatened to return the national sports awards they had won.
The 35-year-old from Haryana's Bhiwani made an appearance at the protest site of the farmers -- Delhi's Singhu border.
Former boxing coach Gurbax Singh Sandhu offers to return Dronacharya award if farmers' demands are not met
Sandhu was the national coach when Vijender Singh became the first Indian boxer to fetch an Olympic medal back in 2008.
After being snubbed for the Dronacharya, two-time Olympian Manoj Kumar's brother, Rajesh Kumar Rajound, said: "Gareeb aadmi ke liye sirf samaan hi sab kuch hota hai."
Boxer Vijender Singh says Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore's exploits at 2004 Games inspired him to win Olympic medal
Shooter Rathore clinched India's first-ever Olympic medal in an individual category when he won silver in Athens, where Vijender had appeared in his first Olympics at the age of 18.
Vijender Singh said he has had a word with Top Rank and plans are afoot for a fight at least by October.
Turning Point: 'Olympic medal made me,' boxer Vijender Singh recounts the moment that changed his life
Boxer Vijender Singh went to the 2008 Olympics as an underdog and came home with a historic medal. 12 years later, he still feels his Beijing waltz was the turning point of his illustrious career.
Vijender Singh, Sanjeev Rajput, Srihari Nataraj, other stars plead for caution as discussion rages on whether competitions can resume
Some sports stars across disciplines wanted the waiting period to continue before resuming competitions, while others spoke about the loss it would cause to fitness and readiness.
India's biggest sportspersons - current and former - gazed into the crystal ball and predicted the future of sports once the action resumes.
Boxers Vijender Singh, Manoj Kumar raise funds to help former pugilist Dingko Singh in battle against liver cancer
The duo and some other boxers and coaches have connected over a WhatsApp group to raise over Rs 1 lakh, transferred directly to Dingko's account through online payment modes.
The planning has gone out of the window thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic but the hope is intact for India's professional boxing star Vijender Singh, who is optimistic about resuming his currently on-hold career in the second half of the year.
Vijender Singh interview: 'It pains a lot to see a hungry child sleeping on the road during lockdown'
In an interview with Firstpost, star boxer Vijender Singh revealed that his professional boxing bout which was planned for May had to be cancelled due to coronavirus pandemic.
Tokyo Olympics 2020: Boxer Vijender Singh welcomes BFI's pitch to host qualifiers, says move will boost India's chances
"If the qualifiers come to India, it will be a big shot in the arm for our boxers. I am sure a lot more Indian boxers will make the cut, because home support is a big factor," Vijender said.