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:
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🇮🇳
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