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Vijender Singh, Artysh Lopsan Complete Official Weigh-in Ahead of Big Showdown in Goa

Vijender Singh (R) and Artysh Lopsan

Vijender Singh (R) and Artysh Lopsan

Vijender Singh hit the weight at today's weigh-in ahead of his eagerly awaited return to the ring against Russian opponent Artysh Lopsan.

Indian unbeaten professional boxing legend Vijender Singh hit the weight at today’s weigh-in ahead of his eagerly awaited return to the ring against Russian opponent Artysh Lopsan. The weigh-in event saw Vijender and Lopsan take on each other in a heated face-off in Goa. The aggression that was missing in the first press conference was evident in this official weigh-in. The boxers looked in shape for the big showdown scheduled for Friday, March 19 on the rooftop of Majestic Pride Casino Ship.

Sparks flew between the unbeaten Indian sensation Vijender and the 6ft 4, 26-year-old Russian Lopsan as the confidence between the two boxers was at its roaring best.

Speaking after the official weigh-in, Vijender said, “I’m excited to return to the ring and the weigh-in gives me confidence that I’m on the right path. I never think about my opponent and don’t really care who I’m fighting. I’ll surely go for the knockout and if not that, I’ll make sure my every punch counts.”

Lopsan on the other hand chose to keep his cards close to his chest, “I rather prefer my fists do the talking. We shall see in the ring what Vijender is capable of. I hope it is easy to work for me and I will be the first to end his unbeaten streak. I have trained hard, I’m confident and India is about to witness its star fall from grace.”

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The dauntless Vijender set his weight at 75.1 Kgs while Lopsan’s confidence showed through his weight which set at 76.2 Kgs, which was the exact mark beyond which he would have been disqualified.

Other Indian boxers who would be fighting the undercard fights looked all prepped up and confident to take on their opponents. Dharmendra Grewal, weighs 90 Kgs in the heavyweight category whereas his opponent Ashish Ahlawat weighs 91.2 Kgs.

Fighting the co-main event, seasoned Neeraj Goyat who weighs 65.7 Kgs is gearing up for his fight against Sandeep Kumar weighing 63.60 Kgs in the welterweight division.

He said, “It’s exciting to be back into the fight card. I have been eagerly waiting for this day and to return to professional boxing on the rooftop of a Casino Ship is truly remarkable. I am ready for the big day!”

In the lightweight fly category, Ramandeep Kaur weighing 47.8 Kgs is pitted against Rinky Inder Kishore who weighs 48 Kgs.

Mohammed Shamim who weighs 53.5 Kgs is pumped up to face his opponent Pralhad Panda who weighs 53.20 Kgs in the bantamweight category.

Chennai’s Mathiyalagan Dhiravidamani weighs 52.1 Kgs whereas his opponent Umesh Chavan from Goa weighs 52 Kgs. Both of them will face each other in the super flyweight category.

In the super lightweight category, Sabari J and Amey Nitin weighs 63.40 Kgs and 60.50 respectively. Uttrakhand’s Digari Mahesh weighs 63.40 Kgs and his opponent in the super-light category Kuldeep Dhanda weighs 63 Kgs.

Two Chennai boys will fight each other for the bragging rights as Karthik Sathish Kumar who weighs 60.8 Kgs and his opponent Jayapal Jaganadhan weigh 60.60 Kgs in the lightweight category.

The fight will be shown live on BookMyShow.Com and FanCode who are also the OTT partners for the event. Sony Network will telecast the show in the following week. It will also be for the first time in India that a fight sports superstar like Vijender will headline the OTT platforms on a pay per view and fans in India can witness the Las Vegas-style boxing on the rooftop of the Majestic Pride Casino Ship at just Rs 99.

first published:March 18, 2021, 18:19 IST