Star Indian boxer Vijender Singh continued his remarkably dominant run in the professional circuit, notching up a third successive knockout triumph by thrashing Bulgaria’s Samet Hyuseinov in less than two rounds in Manchester.
Barely 35 seconds into the second round of what was to be his maiden six-round contest, Vijender cornered Hyuseinov with a flurry of combination punches to force the referee into stopping the bout and give the Indian a win via Technical Knockout. The former Olympic and World Championships bronze-medallist thus continues to remain unbeaten since making his debut in October, all three of his wins being knockouts in under three rounds.
“I practice a lot when I am sparring so that helps me finish it off early in actual contest,” Vijender said after the bout. With a size-able crowd in attendance to cheer him, Vijender walked in to the beats of ‘Singh is King‘ and made sure that the song resonated well after he was done with the job inside the ring.
For all his tall talk before the bout, Hyuseinov looked intimidated the moment Vijender stepped in. While the Indian moved around confidently and had the Bulgarian on the back foot with his telling jabs and piercing left uppercuts, Hyuseinov seemed clueless on whether to go all out or stick to counter-attack. Vijender made full use of his longer reach and his opponent’s confused strategy to complete a dominating first round. The 30-year-old then seemed in a hurry to finish off the contest in the second round and he did exactly that by simply pummeling Hyuseinov.
The assault was so fierce that referee stepped in to rescue of the Bulgarian, who had promised to send Vijender back to India “beaten and broken.” The Haryana-lad, on his part, had vowed to answer inside the ring and he did that in style to walk away a deserving winner.
Here is What He Said After the Fight
Three knockout wins in your first three professional bouts. You must be a satisfied man…
I’m not satisfied. It’s just the beginning. It’s just the first three fights. If you see great boxers, they have remained unbeaten for 40-45 fights. I want to be there. These are just small steps towards that. There’s still a long road that I need to walk.
Did you expect to have this kind of a beginning when you switched to pro boxing?
Not at all. Never. But I always knew that if I put in some real hard work, everything can be possible. There were lots of people who spoke about my decision of turning pro. Lots of people criticized me. Some people also used bad language against me in the social media. But I knew from within that if you do the right thing, God is always there to help you. If you work hard, everything is possible. I don’t believe in the word ‘impossible’ in life. You can achieve anything if you are willing to put everything towards it.
You talk of criticism. But now when you sit back, do you feel you’ve answered all the skeptics?
Look, I don’t care about what people say, whether it’s good or bad, whether it’s in the media or outside. I just put my head down and do my job. I know people appreciate you when things are going right, and bring you down when they’re not. So I ignore all that.