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Vijender expected to face tough fight in 6th pro bout



Vijender SinghBolton (UK) : Just one fight away from a shot at the WBO Asia title, star Indian boxer Vijender Singh will face an experienced Andrzej Soldra of Poland in his sixth professional bout at the Macron Stadium here on May 13.

The in-form super middleweight boxer, who took bronze at the 2008 Olympic Games, has made an explosive start to his professional career by blowing away his first five opponents. The 30-year-old from Haryana has won all his five fights by knockout in only 14 rounds of action.

A former World No.1 in the middweight (75kg) category during his amateur days, Vijender is confdent of beating Soldra and making his summer homecoming to India for the WBO Asia fight with his undefeated status intact.

Soldra comes into the contest against Vijender with a record of 12 wins with five knockouts from 16 fights. The 30-year-old has the edge in experience over Vijender with 81 rounds under his belt and has no fear fighting his first fight abroad. Soldra also had a brilliant record in his amateur career with 82 wins from 98 fights.

Soldra has only been stopped thrice during his professional career spanning over five years and will be looking to spoil Vijender’s party when he makes his first appearance on UK soil. Vijender knows that it is crucial to win at the Macron Stadium before setting his eyes on a huge Indian homecoming.

The undefeated Indian claimed his fifth professional win at the Copper Box Arena in London last month with a blistering fifth round stoppage of Frenchman Matiouze Royer. The Indian ended the contest in the fifth round with a punishing stoppage win over Royer and will be looking to claim another knockout win at the Macron Stadium.

“I have seen videos of Soldra he is a good opponent but I am preparing very hard to give him a tough time in the ring. He’s very experienced though and with 16 fights and 81 rounds he’s got the advantage over me in that department but I will stop him,” Vijender said.

“I know this fight is very crucial for me and I need to continue my unbeaten record and it’s important that I put on a commanding performance against Soldra to keep on course for my title shot and my homecoming. I am really excited to finish off my sixth fight on a winning note and then compete for Asia title in front of my home crowd,” he added.

However, Soldra has threatened to stop the Indian in his tracks and inflict the first loss on his record.

“Vijender has never met anyone like me and he will realise what it is like fighting with a real professional boxer on the May 13. I will take great delight in handing Vijender Singh his first loss and sending him back home to India beaten and broken,” the Polish pugilist said.

“In fact I will tell you what I will do to him, I will smash him to the body to loosen him up and then a right hand to knock him out, just watch me,” he added.


Virat Kohli wishes Ravi Shastri: ‘Only few are brave’.



India captain Virat Kohli took to social media on Thursday to extend birthday wishes to head coach Ravi Shastri.

Wishes have been pouring in for Ravi Shastri who turned 58 on Wednesday. Shastri, unlike the last few years, has been spending his special day at his home in Alibaug away from competitive cricket which remains suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Many seem confident but only few are brave. Happy birthday Ravi bhai. God Bless #throwback,” Virat Kohli wrote on Twitter.

Earlier in the day, The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) took to Twitter to post a photo tribute to wish Ravi Shastri. “Here’s wishing #Team India Head Coach @RaviShastriOfc a very happy birthday,” BCCI wrote.
While Shastri is helping the Virat Kohli-led Indian side achieve new milestones in international cricket, he has also done incredibly well for the Indian team as a player, both with the bat and the ball. Shastri represented the India national cricket team as a player between 1981 and 1992 in both Tests and ODIs.

Although he started his career as a left arm spin bowler, only to transform into a batting all-rounder. In a career spanning over 12 years, Shastri scored 3,830 runs in Test matches and claimed 151 wickets.

His major achievement as a player came when he helped Team India clinch Benson & Hedges World Championship of Cricket in 1985. Shastri finished with fifties in the last three matches of the tournament and forged a deadly partnership with Sivaramakrishnan. Both claimed 18 wickets between them in five matches.

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