Indian Boxing

Vijender Singh's next bout postponed after promoters fail to find a 'decent' opponent

The 31-year-old was originally scheduled to face WBO Oriental champion Zulpikar Maimaitiali of China, who backed out due to unspecified reasons.

Indian pugilist Vijender Singh’s next professional bout, which was scheduled on April 1 in Mumbai, has been postponed after his promoters failed to find a “decent” opponent, reported PTI.

The 31-year-old’s team stated that his unbeaten record has made his opponents “watchful”. Singh is unbeaten after eight bouts and is the reigning WBO Asia Pacific champion.

“Right now we are not able to find a decent opponent for him because of his unbeaten record. Boxers in the region seem to be wary of facing him. He has become this dreaded guy, who nobody wants to face,” Neerav Tomar, Managing Director of Vijender’s promoters IOS Boxing Promotions, claimed. “The fight stands postponed for the time being and we are looking at dates in the last week of May after the IPL. I am hopeful that we will be able to finalise an opponent soon enough,” he added.

The 2008 Olympics bronze-medallist was slated to lock horns with China’s WBO Oriental champion Zulpikar Maimaitiali, who backed out due to unspecified reasons. “Maimaitiali pulled out and it is just not working out at the moment with anybody else,” Tomar said.

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