Undefeated Indian beats Kerry Hope to win Asia Pacific super middleweight title

Undefeated Indian beats Kerry Hope to win Asia Pacific super middleweight title

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Welcome to our live coverage of WBO Asia Pacific super middleweight title fight between undefeated Indian boxer Vijender Singh and experienced Aussie Kerry Hope.

And the result, by unanimous decision, with scores of 98-92, 98-92, 100-90 from three judges, in favour of Vijender Singh.

Round 10/10: Hope started the final round strongly, even as Vijender tried to fend off using his longer reach. And at times, both the boxers were looking for that decisive blow to settle the fight.

The final moments, however, brought plenty of throws from either side. Seconds away from the final gong, Vijender landed a couple of lucky right blows.

Round 9/10: Hope started the penultimate round on a strong note. And Vijender, smart and wiser, waited for the right moment and landed a huge right.

Hope responded with an equally menacing blow to Vijender. The duo continued exchanging body blows. Scrappy end the the round and both the boxers aimed and missed, aimed and missed.

Round 8/10: Vijender continued to press hard but not certainly landing his blows. Tired and exhausted, both the boxers resorted to hugging and wrestler.

Then, in the last minute, Vijender increased tempo, landing couple of blows. But Hope got his fight back in the last moment. Now, it’s about lasting.

Round 7/10: Another left-right combination from the Indian to start the round seven. Hope then suffered a body blow. Few more blows to the body, and Vijender gained hand going into the wrestle mode.

Hope, charging with his head down, landed a left jab. But a big right handed blow to standing Hope. The Aussie then began closing the distance.

The round ended with an exchange of body blows.

Round 6/10: Hope started with two hits on the back of Vijender’s head. The Indian responded with a straight jab, and seemed to have landed couple more.

Two quick hits on the face from the Indian, then the two boxers resorted to wrestling. Hope than landed a right blow, only to see himself getting two back to back combinations from Vijender. Huge moment in the bought.

Brilliant round from Vijender.

Round 5/10: What a start from Vijender. Huge body blow then point-earning shots in to Hope’s head. After few exchanges, Vijender managed to land another blow in body.

Towards the end, both the boxers exchanged huge body blows. Both the boxers have suffered cuts.

Round 4/10: Vijender started the fourth round sprightly, and landed couple of combinations, and in the corner Hope wrestled down the Indian.

Wild swings followed, very unlike for pros. And Hope continued to duck. Good skill. And out of nowhere, cornered Hope landed a beauty of a left.

And even round.

Round 3/10: It the first two rounds were about Vijender Singh attacking, then the third round started with the Indian boxer defending. But as the round progressed, Vijender opened up with some meaty blows. For Hope, it was all attack, attack. He’s truly the aggressor.

Towards the end of the round, a sleek left jab caught Hope in the head. But the Indian showed glimpses of disappointment as the bell rang to a close.

For it’s part, the gathering in Delhi has been euphoric so far. Cheering!

Round 2/10: Good start from Vijender with quick left jabs, then a brief stoppage as referee inspected Vijender’s gloves for sticker. Bout resumed with Vijender slipping and on his knees. No harms done though.

It was followed by a huge left hook on the ducking Hope, and the Aussie found himself unsettled even as Vijender jostled with confidence.

Another clean hit from Vijender and Hope resorted to face saving jumps. Another good round for the Indian.

Round 1/10: Cautious start from both the boxers, even though Hope seemed to have made some ground with couple of first throws. Vijender’s greater reach came to good use in the opening round, keeping his opponent at bay. Nice end to Vijender, with a couple of big body blows – a tactics both the boxers employed.


The Style Souk