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Vijender to fight next pro bout In August

Sports, National (Mumbai), June 28:-  Indian boxing star Vijender Singh will meet WBO Oriental Super Middleweight Champion Zulpikar Maimaitali in a double title fight at the NSCI Dome here on August 5.

Titled ‘Battleground Asia’, the fight will see both boxers put their respective WBO titles at stake and the winner will take home his defended title along with his opponent’s title.

Beijing Olympics quarter-finalists Akhil Kumar and Jitender Kumar will also make their professional debuts on the same day, the promoters of the event announced here on Tuesday.

It will be after a gap of nine years that the Haryana trio will be seen in the ring together. The last time they appeared together at the same event was the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

Akhil Kumar will make his debut with a four-round contest, in an undercard fight. This will be Akhil’s first professional bout since the time he has been granted permission to turn to pro-boxing.

Another boxer to feature in ‘Battleground Asia’ is WBC Asia Welterweight champion Neeraj Goyat. The 26-year-old boxer from Haryana made his professional debut in 2011 against Gou Wen Dong in China.

He has fought 12 bouts with an experience of 71 rounds under his belt and has claimed eight wins, with two knockouts. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).


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