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Vijender Singh dubs Chinese opponent Zulpikar Maimaitiali as inexperienced

The ace Indian pugilist will take on China's Zulpikar Maimaitiali for a double-title fight on Saturday in Mumbai.

Edited by: India TV Sports Desk, New Delhi [ Published on: August 02, 2017 22:24 IST ]
Image Source : GETTY IMAGES Vijender Singh and his Chinese competitor Zulpikar Maimaitiali

India's star professional boxer and Olympic bronze medallist Vijender Singh, who is set to take on China's undefeated, left-handed fighter Zulpikar Maimaitiali for a double-title fight on Saturday, dubbed him as inexperienced. "I am experienced....I don't consider him as an experienced boxer, he is young, but he is a strong kid and we are ready for it. I have a game plan which I discussed with my coach, he (the coach) said stay calm, don't be in hurry," said Vijender, ahead of the fight in Worli here on August 5. 

"He (Zulpikar) is young so he (can) make mistake, he is in rush. In the first round, he would like to take over everything but that's the time you should be calm," added the star professional boxer. 

Vijender, who is WBO Asia Pacific Middleweight champion, will take on Zulpikar, the WBO Oriental Super Middleweight champion. 

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

To a question, Vijender said it won't be his toughest fight yet. "I don't think so....Many more to come. I don't think there is any challenge. If he is going to be aggressive, I will react accordingly," the Indian boxer said. 

He also referred to the ongoing stand-off between India and China in the Sikkim sector. 

"There is a responsibility because it's India-China. Right now the situation is bad, so this kind of responsibility I feel," he added. 

Asked how he maintains his composure, Vijender credited it to meditation, which he learned from (yoga guru) Baba Ramdev. 

He would miss his son's birthday on August 4, he said. 

In the coming fight, the two boxers will put their respective WBO titles at stake. The winner will take home his defended title and his opponent's too.

(With PTI Inputs)

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