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Vijender Singh clinches WBO Asia Pacific title in New Delhi

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New Delhi: Indian boxing star Vijender Singh scaled a new high in his ever-soaring professional career as he clinched the WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight title with a dominating win over former WBC European champion Kerry Hope on Saturday.

The 30-year-old Indian took all 10 rounds to systematically dismantle the 34-year-old Welsh-born Australian and record his seventh straight win in the circuit, a year after turning professional.

Tonight was also the longest that Vijender spent inside the ring to clinch a win since turning pro besides being his first points win after six knockouts. The six-footer from Haryana scored 98-92, 98-92, 100-90 to be the unanimous winner.

Vijender, who as an amateur held the distinction of being India’s first Olympic and World Championships medallist, was hardly pushed despite playing all 10 rounds, and was cheered deliriously by a packed partisan crowd.

The Indian had the who’s who of sports, politics and entertainment industry cheering him from the ringside and he put up a dominating performance to send the crowd into hysteria with his lethal right jabs and uppercuts.

“It’s not about myself, it’s about my nation, my country,” Vijender said after being crowned winner.

From Congress leader Rahul Gandhi to celebrated woman boxer M C Mary Kom, who choked a bit while acknowledging a loud applause from the crowd, star wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt, cricketers Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina to actor Randeep Hooda, celebrities adorned the front rows by the ringside and Vijender did not disappoint any of them with yet another clinical performance in what was to be a 10-round contest.

Vijender seemed to be looking for a knockout blow from the very beginning even though Kerry was the more attacking of the two. But the Australian’s inability to connect cleanly proved to be his undoing against a rival, who waited patiently to throw his accurate blows.

To his credit, Hope tried his best early on but just could not find a way to breach Vijender’s defence, hampered to an extent by his shorter arms.

The moment the final bell was sounded, Vijender’s British trainer Lee Beard lifted him up to celebrate even before the decision had been announced, sending the crowd into a frenzy.

“This comes after a lot of hard work put in by me, my trainer, my team. I thank my coach, my promoter and my team who have done a fantastic job.

“I also thank all the fans, the celebrities and sportspersons who have come to watch my bout today. The countdown has just begun,” Vijender said.

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Samsung Galaxy A91 may come with Snapdragon 855

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Samsung will launches its new smartphone Samsung Galaxy A91 with Snapdragon 855 Soc. This device features to 6.7-inch Infinity-U display.

In terms of the camera, the A91 is said to come with a 48-megapixel main camera with optical image stabilization on-board, along with a 12-megapixel ultra-wide camera. The third camera is a 5-megapixel depth sensor to help with portraits. On the front, users will get a 32-megapixel camera with an aperture3 of f/2.2. The phone will be powered by a 4500mAh battery, but more importantly, will also come with 45W fast charging. It is not known, however, whether Samsung will provide a compatible charger in the box, or have users purchase one separately.

Beyond this, the device may feature a 4,500mAh battery will support for 45W fast charging technology. On the software end, the device is likely to feature Android 10-based One UI 2. Some reports indicate that this may make its way to the market before the end of the year. While some report says that it will launch in 2020.

Galaxy A91 is also said to ship with Android 10, which suggests the phone may launch only after the Galaxy S11 early next year. As of now, it is unclear when Samsung plans to release the Galaxy A91

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