Indian superstar Vijender Singh is moving fast towards his first professional title shot this summer and must next dispose of dangerous Hungarian Alexander Horvath at the Liverpool Echo Arena on Saturday 12th March to stay on track.
The red-hot middleweight ace, who won Bronze at the 2008 Olympic Games, is undefeated in three fights with three knockouts in only six rounds of action since his pro debut last October and aims to take out Horvath in quick time.
Singh will have no time to rest as he has another big fight lined up just three weeks’ later at the Harrow Sports Centre, London, as he builds towards his ground-breaking title opportunity in India.
The 30-year-old, from Bhiwani, is an icon in his homeland and his summer hero’s return will be a national homecoming event and he says there is no way that rival Horvath will upset that from happening.
“It’s my absolute dream to fight back home in India in front of my countrymen and women so I won’t let Horvath get in my way of that at all,” Stated Singh.
“I need to continue my unbeaten record and it’s important that I put on a commanding performance against Horvath and then next at Harrow to keep on course for my title shot and my homecoming,”
“Hovath is a good solid opponent for, maybe he will give me a few new tests, he has done more rounds than me and has a bit more experience, but will that compete with the power that I have and when I start landing my shots I don’t believe that he’ll be standing around for too long.”
“I’m really excited as this is my first fight of the year and there are big plans ahead so I aim to make a very big statement of intent in Liverpool against Horvath that will show that I’m ready to fight for a title later this year.”
Horvath, from Törökszentmiklós, comes into the fight against Singh with a record of five wins from seven fights. The 20-year-old has the edge in experience over Singh with 31 rounds under his belt and has no fear fighting abroad taking bouts in Slovakia and France.
He says he has seen plenty of weaknesses in Singh and he can be the first man to exploit them and inflict the first defeat to shatter his homecoming title dreams.
“Three before me have tried and failed to beat Singh so now I will finally end this pretender’s hope of winning a title,” Stormed Horvath.
“Everyone who has gone into the ring with him seem like they are a rabbit in headlights. I have seen nothing from Singh that worries me or causes any sleepless nights so I’m fully confident going into the fight and ready to knock him out,”
“I hope that his chin is ready for the punches that I will be landing on them because for once he will be put under a real test by me.”
Flanagan v Mathews headlines an action packed card that also features one of the worlds greatest boxers, Guillermo Rigondeaux, taking on Merseyside hero Jazza Dickens; another star of world boxing, dynamite punching South African Zolani Tete challenges for the Vacant IBF International Bantamweight Championship against Jose Santos Gonzalez; Birmingham ace Tommy Langford defends his WBO Intercontinental Middleweight title against Lewis Taylor; hard-hitting Ellesmere Port’s star Paul Butler will challenge for a championship belt; Blackpool’s Matty Askin defends his English Cruiserweight title against Swindon’s Lawrence Bennett, plus Indian superstar Vijender Singh makes his Liverpool debut. The undercard features some of the best talent in Merseyside: undefeated leading world title contender Kevin Satchell; red-hot prospect Steven Lewis; European Champion Ryan Farrag; Manchester prospects Macaulay McGowan and Zelfa Barrett and Leicester ace Lyon Woodstock complete the card.
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