Vijender Singh rakes in Twitter applause after stretching streak to 9-0

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The 31 year old will go up against China's Zulpikar Maimaitiali, in a victor takes all fight, today in Mumbai.

But, Vijender struggled towards the last two rounds with Zulpikar's stamina proving a crucial aspect.

Speaking about the much-awaited encounter, Vijender had earlier trolled his opponent and said that he would try to finish the bout as soon as possible as "Chinese product don't last long".

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Vijender, ahead of the "Battleground Asia" has termed his opponent as inexperienced and is confident of continuing his winning streak.

"This is India versus China, I don't need anything and I am excited, I know the whole of India is with me", Vijender said at the weigh-in on Friday. I don't think there is any challenge. "It will be a surprise for him on Saturday".

Vijender had been training in Manchester, England, with his trainer Lee Beard for the bout, the first ticket of which was presented to cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar at the latter's house by the boxer himself.

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"I am coming to your home, Vijender, on 5th August and will take back your belt along with mine".

Apart from the WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight, Vijender also claimed the Oriental title. "I'll be proud to win this double title fight for him", said Zulpikar. His last bout was with African boxer Thomas Mashali where he won his current title WBO Oriental Super Middleweight Champion past year. The Indian boxing star won his second title and ninth consecutive pro bout as he beat his Chinese opponent on points by unanimous decision in Mumbai on Saturday. Hometown hero Vijender Singh (8W-0L, 7KOs), the WBO Asia-Pacific titlist will have the crowd cheering for him in his twelve round bout against Chinas Zulipikaer Maimaitiali (8W-0L-1D, 6KOs), who holds the WBO Oriental belt.

Zulpikar was penalised by the referee for taking an unsporting shot (low blow) at Vijender and that turned out to be crucial in the context of the match as Vijender won the bout by a very small margin.

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