Vijender Punches Matiouze Out, Continues Dream Run In Pro

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Star Indian boxer Vijender Singh continued his winning spree in the professional arena with an easy win over Matiouze Royer of France at London’s Copper Box Arena on Saturday.

New Delhi: Star Indian boxer Vijender Singh continued his winning spree in the professional arena with an easy win over Matiouze Royer of France at London’s Copper Box Arena on Saturday.

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This was Vijender’s fifth win in a row in professional boxing in the middleweight (75kg) category – all of them by knockout or technical knockout.

As with his previous professional bouts, the Indian dominated the fight from the word go. Royer, who is a veteran of 44 fights, claiming 3 of his 14 wins via knockout, was shown little respect by the Olympic bronze medallist who completely outclassed his French opponent.

Vijender was declared the winner little over a minute into the fifth round of the six-round super middleweight contest, which was incidentally his longest bout so far.

In his debut bout, Vijender defeated English boxer Sony Whiting by technical knockout in the third round. In his second bout, Dean Gillen, also of England, did not even last for one full round as the Haryana boxer knocked him out in the last minute of the opening period.

Bulgaria’s Samet Hyuseinov went down in the second round of the third fight as Vijender registered another technical knockout. In the fourth bout, Vijender defeated Alexander Horvath of Hungary.

On Saturday, such was Vijender’s dominance that Royer hardly managed to land a punch throughout the five rounds.

Both boxers were a bit cagey in the opening round, trying to assess each other. Royer was a bit defensive while Vijender was the more aggressive and landed several punches.

The Indian wrested the upper hand in the second round, pounding the Frenchman with a barrage of power-packed punches. He delivered a cut over Royer’s left eye with a right uppercut as blood flowed down the Frenchman’s face.

Despite visibly struggling, Royer fought bravely on. He continued to take a relentless pounding from Vijender in the third and fourth rounds. At one point, he was forced to go on one knee due to a strong blow from Vijender but got up quickly.

In the fifth round, Vijender managed to find a gap in Royer’s defence and landed several punches on his face and upper body that forced him onto the ropes.

The increased bleeding from the cut above Royer’s eye forced the referee to call in the doctor. The fight was then called off after a brief inspection.

“Royer is a good fighter and has boxed with some good ones in all these years. I discussed with the coaches and planned this fight so it is going right for me. Pro is totally different from amateur boxing. I am a little bit more experienced in pro boxing now so that is good,” Vijender said after the win.

“I am happy for my fifth knockout win in a row. Facing an experienced boxer was not that easy for me but I played as per my basics and tried some new punches which helped me to win against Matiouze Royer. The best part is that I started attacking Royer from the starting of first round and my confidence level was gone up,” he added.

“He is a good fighter. I have seen his videos before this fight. With this win, my morale is really up and I am confident of doing well in all future fights.”

Vijender is scheduled to appear in his first professional fight in India later this year and can’t wait to fight at home.

“My amateur experience is helping me but pro is totally different game, so I am looking forward to my next bout on May 13 before WBO Asia Title fight in India,” Bhiwani lad said.

“It will be a home coming fight. I have invited from the prime minister to Bollywood stars to attend the match. It is going to be a great spectacle and will be a new era as it will be the first time in India,” the Olympic bronze medalist added.