Star Indian boxer Vijender Singh continued his dominant run in the professional circuit, notching up a third successive knockout triumph by thrashing Samet Hyuseinov inside two rounds in Manchester.
Barely 35 seconds into the second round of what was to be his maiden six-round contest, Singh cornered Hyuseinov with a flurry of combination punches to force the referee to stop the bout and give the Indian a win via Technical Knockout.
The former Olympic and World Championships bronze-medallist continues to remain unbeaten since making his debut in October, with 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,” Singh said after.
With a sizeable crowd in attendance to cheer him, Singh walked in to the beats of Singh is King. For all his trash talk before the bout, Hyuseinov looked intimidated from the start. While the Indian moved around confidently and had the Bulgarian on the backfoot with his telling jabs and piercing left uppercuts, Hyuseinov seemed clueless on whether to go all out or stick to counter-attack.
Singh 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 and he did exactly that by pummelling Hyuseinov.
The assault was so fierce that referee stepped in to rescue of the Bulgarian, who had promised to send Singh back to India “beaten and broken.” The Haryana-lad vowed to answer the taunts inside the ring and did that in style to walk away a deserving winner.
Singh had beaten Sonny Whiting and Dean Gillen in his previous two bouts, both of which were to be four-round contests but lasted barely over two rounds.
“Words were said before the fight by him which made me want to put on a powerful performance, and I did that. He was good, but he wasn’t good enough to live up to his words. If the opponent brings big promises he’d better deliver or he’s getting knocked out,” Singh said.
“I train hard for every fight and make the fighting easy when I get in the ring. It was a great end to the year with three fights in three months since turning pro, and now I can look towards a big 2016,” he added.
The confidence he has gained aside, Singh said he continues to work hard on his technique.
“Winning three out of three fights is a brilliant start and I will continue to improve my techniques further. I am happy to have Lee Beard and Haroon Headly as my trainers, who are working hard to change my technique from amateur to professional in a short time,” he said.
“Year 2015 was lucky for me, I turned professional and made my countrymen proud. I am sure my performance will be a big boost for professional boxing in my country.”
Hyuseinov, on his part, admitted that he underestimated Singh.
“Vijender was strong. I’d not seen him before and when I got in the ring he was a bigger than I expected. His punches are like thunder, he’s so powerful,”he said.
Beard said: “I have seen a lot of boxers but Vijender is different from all of them. His passion and dedication has really impressed me.”
“The way he started attacking Samet from the first round was an added advantage going into second round.
“He has an art of learning new things everyday and never compromises with his training. I am confident that he will win titles in 2016.”