MUMBAI, Aug 6: In an act of great gesture, Vijender Singh has offered to return his WBO Oriental Super Middleweight title to Chinese Zulpikar Maimaitiali in lieu of peace at the Indo-China border.
Vijender, a double champion in pro boxing, has urged India and China to maintain peace at the border.
The 31-year-old Olympic bronze medallist grew in stature last night by not just outslugging Maimaitiali in a close bout to annex the dual WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight and WBO Oriental Super Middleweight title, but by also urging for peace.
�To India-China friendship (I dedicate my title), because tension on the border is not good, because I see on social media, news, it keeps getting on and on and that�s not good. I give this title to people, peace, it�s all about friendship, Hindi-Chini bhai bhai,� Vijender said during a media interaction.
Vijender�s comments came in the backdrop of the stand-off between India and China.
He won the thrilling 10-round bout by one of the closest unanimous decisions 96-93, 95-94, 95-94 to maintain his unbeaten streak in professional boxing.
The bonhomie between the two boxers was evident as Zulpikar hugged Vijender and made him wear his cap. Vijender also returned the gesture by offering his belt to the Chinese boxer.
Vijender said, �He (Zulpikar) gave me that cap, he said I asked him for the cap and he gave it to me, I simply gave him the belt but he couldn�t understand it.�
The Beijing Games bronze medallist admitted that he did not expect the fight to go down the wire.
�The fight was really good, I didn�t expect (it will go all the way), it was 10 rounds, at times the Chinese products last a little long, it was an amazing fight and fun! The fight was tough and a lot of blood oozed out, but finally win was ours, it was nice,� he said.
During the fight, the southpaw hit Vijender below the belt and the Indian said that he was disturbed by it.
�As you have seen, 3-4 times he (Zulpikar) hit below the belt and that disturbed me, that was a foul and the refree gave him a warning.� � PTI