NEW DELHI, July 15: Undefeated in what has been a fast-rising professional career, Indian boxing star Vijender Singh will take on Welsh-born Australian Kerry Hope in his maiden title bout for the vacant WBO Asia Pacific super middleweight belt here tomorrow.
The 30-year-old Indian, who has won all his six pro bouts after turning pro via knockouts, will be up against his most experienced and accomplished rival so far as Hope is a former WBCC European champion with 23-7 win-loss record.
�I can�t wait for tomorrow. I am fighting in Delhi after six years, Commonwealth Games being the last time and I am very excited about it,� said Vijender after the official weigh-in and face off with Kerry.
None of Vijender�s opponents so far have quite matched up to him but Hope promises to be a tough customer.
�I have trained very hard and I can see that he hasn�t. So I am very confident,� Hope, who weighed 74.9kg, said.
�We will see tomorrow night,� came Vijender�s reply as he refused to be drawn into a verbal spat before the fight. The Indian came in at 75.7kg in the official weigh in.
The fight night tomorrow will feature seven other undercard bouts, comprising boxers from the Indian Boxing Council�s stable and two Thai invites. One of the seven fights will be a women�s exhibition bout, featuring boxers from the celebrated MC Mary Kom�s academy.
A huge gathering of sporting legends, politicians and Bollywood celebrities will be in full attendance at the Thyagaraj stadium which is expected to draw a sizeable number of fans as well. � PTI