India’s Vijender Singh retained his WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight title by knocking out Francis Cheka in the third round at the Thyagaraj Stadium here on Saturday.
Undefeated in his last seven professional bouts so far, the 31-year-old Indian took just three rounds to retain his unbeaten streak in front of a jam-packed Thyagraj Stadium. It was also Vijender’s seventh knockout in eight bouts.
Vijender started dominating from the opening round after defending the early punches from his opponent to lead 3-1. The second round too belonged to the Vijender as he landed seven punches including a jab and a hook to Cheka’s three.
The third round saw the Haryana boxer completely dominating the contest as the referees declared the bout in Vijender’s favour by a technical knockout.
Speaking after the match, he said i underwent grueling training sessions in Manchester for 2 months and i thank all my coaches for the effort they put in.