COMPETITION – WIN TICKETS TO: India’s KO King returns to Manchester
Hyuseinov looks to halt Indian Express train Singh
Indian superstar Vijender Singh steps up in experience when he takes on Samet Hyuseinov on 19th December as he returns to Manchester Arena.
Unbeaten Singh has steamed through his first two professional opponents, beating Sonny Whiting in his debut in October and following that up with a one round demolition of Dean Gillen in Dublin last month.
The 30-year-old hot-shot now takes on Bulgaria’s experienced Hyusinov for his third pro-fight as he continues on his quest to become India’s first ever professional world champion and end the year undefeated.
Whereas Whiting and Gillen had a combined record of five fights, Hyusinov has 14 fights under his belt, winning seven fights and losing seven, with a total of 68 rounds and extending a number of prospects the distance.
“This is another important fight for me that I must win so the pressure is on,” said Singh.
“I’m unbeaten and intend to stay that way going into next year where I am looking at my first title fight so I’m not letting Hyusinov mess up my plans to get my first championship belt.
“While I got rid of Whiting and Gillen early, I’ll have to see what Hyusinov brings to the ring on the night. If I feel that I can take him out early I will go in for the early knockout and get the job done nice and quick.
“He’s very experienced though and with 14 fights and 68 rounds he’s got the advantage over me in that department. It’s a step up for me though and if I can deal with him before the end of the four rounds then I know that I’m improving.”
However, the tricky Hyusinov has threatened to stop the Indian express train Singh in his tracks and inflict the first loss on his record.
“Singh has never, never met anyone like me and he will realise what it is like with a real professional on the 19th December,” he said.
“How can he look to fight for titles next year when he’s only had two fights and four rounds? He thinks that I’m some fool he’s going to just knock over easily.
“I will take great delight in handing Singh his first loss and sending him back home to India beaten and broken. In fact I will tell you what I will do to him, I will smash him to the body to loosen him up and then a right hand to knock him out, just watch me.”
Singh v Hyusinov features on Frank Warren’s end of year title extravaganza ‘X-Mas Cracker’, headlined by two massive world title showdowns.
WBO World Middleweight Champion Andy Lee defends his title against Billy Joe Saunders as the headline fight alongside WBO World Super-Welterweight Champion Liam Smith making his first title defence against Jimmy Kelly.
Six further titles are on the line on the night with Mitchell Smith defending his WBO Intercontinental Super-Featherweight title against George Jupp; Paul Butler challenges for the Vacant WBO European Super-Flyweight Championship against Silvio Olteanu; Tommy Langford defends his WBO Intercontinental Middleweight Championship; Commonwealth Super-Welterweight Champion Liam Williams and Kris Carslaw clash with the Vacant British title also on the line; Jack Catterall defends his WBO Intercontinental Super-Lightweight Championship, and Tom Stalker and Craig Evans clash again for the Vacant WBO European Lightweight Championship.
Tickets are priced from £40 through to £300 and are available from: www.frankwarren.com, Ticketmaster, or by calling Manchester Arena Box Office 0161 950 5000.
The ‘Channel of Champions’, BoxNation, will televise Cotto v Alvarez and Lee v Saunders live and exclusive on Sky 437/HD 490, Virgin 546 and Talk Talk 415.
The Asian Express Newspaper is giving away five pairs of tickets for the X-mas Cracker event and you can win yours by simply answering the following question:
Who did Vijender Singh defeat in his last bout?
A) Dean Gillen
B) Tyson Fury
C) David Haye
Send your answer, plus your name, address and telephone number to firstname.lastname@example.org
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