New Delhi, July 17: Tributes started pouring in as India's star boxer Vijender Singh defeated Kerry Hope of Australia in a hard-fought bout to win the WBO Asia/Pacific Middleweight title at the Thyagraj Stadium here on Saturday evening (July 16).
Faced with the most experienced and highly rated opponent of his fledgling professional career, Vijender carved out a 98-92, 98-92, 100-90 verdict from the three judges to extend his record to 7 wins from as many fights.
Despite the unanimous decision, it was far from easy for Vijender in the first 10-round bout of his career. The Australian exhibited superior technique and footwork for most of the fight although the Indian was the more powerful boxer.
Twitter exploded with congratulatory messages for the Haryana boxer after he was crowned Asia middleweight champion in front of huge home crowd.
Cricketers, sports persons, politicians and actors took to Twitter to hail Vijender Singh for the remarkable achievement.
Here is who said what over Singh's victory:
Congratulations @boxervijender for a hard fought and well deserved win. It was yet another display of immense skill, strength & stamina.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 16, 2016
Saw a full mch of boxing after yrs.thks @boxervijender for mkg INDIA proud,it's just the start ur hrd wrk,dedication and sacrifice paid off— Mahendra Singh Dhoni (@msdhoni) July 16, 2016
Great bout @boxervijender ! Kudos to your unrelenting & fighting spirit, which brought us the title. Well done.Keep the tricolor flying high— Rajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) July 17, 2016
Congratulations @boxervijender on winning WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight Championship title. Boom boom those punches 👍— Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) July 17, 2016
Congratulations @boxervijender for making the nation proud.Young people can learn a lot from your dogged determination & fighting spirits.— Rao Inderjit Singh (@Rao_InderjitS) July 17, 2016
Vijender thanks nation:
I thank you all from the bottom of my heart for all d love that you have showered upon me.Hope today is a beginning of something special🇮🇳— Vijender Singh (@boxervijender) July 16, 2016