New Delhi: Indian boxing star Vijender Singh had promised that he will take his opponent Francis Cheka down in six rounds, before entering the ring. The Bhiwani boxer on Saturday took less than 10 minutes to knock Cheka out in the third round itself to retain his WBO-Asia Pacific Super Middleweight title.
Undefeated in his last seven bouts, Vijender silenced the hype surrounding Cheka with a powerful knockout punch and lifted the coveted title in front of a jam-packed Thyagraj stadium.
Vijender won the title in July by beating former European champion Kerry Hope of Australia.
Cheka was the most experienced rival Vijender had faced till today.
Thirty Four-year-old Cheka, who hails from Tanzania, had fought 43 bouts prior to his duel with Vijender. He had tasted victory in 32 of these showdowns, winning by virtue of a knock-out on 17 occasions.
Cheka has been a professional boxer for 17 years now and is considered to be one of the big names in the division along with the likes of Paul Smith, Matthew Macklin and Fedor Chudinov.
The fight on Saturday night had all the showmanship that we have come to associate with Vijender by now. He walked into ring, with the popular Bollywood number'Singh is King..Singh is King' playing in the background. The former Olympic medallist went on to greet the crowd in his trademark style.
Vijender started dominating from the opening round itself, after defending in the initial stages. He quickly doused Cheka's fire by taking the attack to his opponent.
The second round too belonged to the Beijing Olympics bronze medallist as he landed seven punches to Cheka's three.
The third round saw Vijender completely dominating proceedings and the referees soon declared the bout in Vijender's favour by a technical knockout.
Speaking exclusively to News18.com ahead of his bout against Cheka, Vijender had said - "Singh is King, Come, cheer and see how I take Cheka down. I have a 7-0 record and I am sure it will be 8-0."
Vijender underwent gruelling training sessions in Manchester and was confident about his chances from the beginning.
And the Bhiwani boxer kept his date with Delhi and fulfilled his promise of beating Cheka and staying unbeaten. 2016 was a year that belonged to Vijender Singh.