Vijender Singh knocks out Francis Cheka, Defends WBO Title

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Extending his winning streak to eight, Vijender Singh on Saturday knocked out Francis Cheka in the third round itself to successfully defend his WBO Asia Pacific super middleweight title at Thyagraj stadium in Delhi.

At a packed house in the national capital, Vijender didn’t let Cheka settle in and maintained the lead right from the start to earn his seventh knock out and eight win in the professional boxing career.

The Tanzanian, reigning World Boxing Federation (WBF) Super Middleweight champion had won 32 of his 43 bouts before losing to the Indian pugilist. Of those wins, 17 had come by knockout.

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Earlier, Vijender had defeated Australian Kerry Hope in a gruelling 10-round contest in front of his home crowd at Thyagaraj Stadium in New Delhi to take his first professional title in July.