All eyes are on 19th March, this Friday as Indian boxing virtuoso and Olympics bronze medallist Vijender Singh (12-0, 8 KOs) readies himself for his professional boxing return after almost a year and four months, against his Russian opponent Artysh Lopsan (4-1-1, 2 KOs).
The fight, dubbed as ‘Battle on Ship’, set to be held on the rooftop deck of the Majestic Pride Casino Ship in Panaji, Goa, will see Vijender in action for the first time since the super middleweight boxer out of Haryana squared off against Ghanaian pugilist Charles Adamu on 22nd November 2019 at Caesars Palace Dubai, and he won the match via unanimous decision.
With the Indian boxing fandom yearning for the much-awaited fight, Vijender has set the hype bar to a new level with a recent post on Twitter, along with sharing a photo from his training session.
“After an intense training session in Goa. I can already feel the buzz around. Let’s keep this hype going! #BattleOnShip will be massive come March 19,” Vijender tweeted.
After an intense training session in Goa. I can already feel the buzz around. Let's keep this hype going! #BattleOnShip will be massive come March 19.
Book your tickets here: https://t.co/lua3YWBuNf#boxing #professional #SinghvsLopsan #battle #punch pic.twitter.com/hZSCfNum0K
— Vijender Singh (@boxervijender) March 16, 2021
Vijender Singh aims to keep his pro boxing record clean against the taller Lopsan
Artysh Lopsan, who is set to make his seventh pro bout appearance, towers at 6 feet 4, exactly 4 inches above Vijender.
Nonetheless, the height difference isn’t something that Vijender is worried about, as his words ooze confidence.
“He is tall and I will take it slow at the start but I’m confident of beating him nonetheless,” Vijender said in an interview with PTI on Monday, “height is not everything and in boxing, you need strength and strategy.”
The bronze medallist out of 2008 Beijing Olympics in the middleweight category, Vijender Singh has also clinched gold at the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, as well as a silver at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, along with numerous other amateur titles before switching to professional boxing.
Vijender had his first pro bout in October 2015 against Sonny Whiting in Manchester, registering a 3rd round TKO. In July next year, he clinched the vacant WBO Asia Pacific super-middleweight belt via a unanimous decision win against Kerry Hope in New Delhi and defended the title against Francis Cheka in December 2019.
Vijender’s victory against Zulpikar Maimaitiali marked his second title defense in August 2017, as well as earned him the WBO Oriental super-middleweight title, and he defended both belts against Ernest Amuzu in December 2017. In November 2018, Vijender landed a multi-year promotional contract with American promotional company Top Rank.