Vijender Singh offers to return belt for Indo-China peace

Vijender Singh offered to return the WBO Oriental super middleweight title that he won by beating China's Zulpikar, saying "don't want this title because I don't want tension at the border (between India-China)".

Vijender already holds the WBO Asia Pacific super middleweight title, which he won beating Australian Kerry Hope in July last year. I wanted to give a message of peace and I hope their media (Chinese) and people will get the message," said Vijender.

Zulpikar was penalised by the referee for taking an unsporting shot (low blow) at Vijender and that turned out to be crucial in the context of the match as Vijender won the bout by a very small margin. 


A magnanimous Vijender Singh offered to return the WBO Oriental super middleweight title that he won by beating China's Zulpikar Maimaitiali, saying "don't want this title because I don't want tension at the border (between India-China)".

The Indian boxing star won his second title and ninth consecutive pro bout as he beat his Chinese opponent on points by unanimous decision in Mumbai on Saturday. Vijender already holds the WBO Asia Pacific super middleweight title, which he won beating Australian Kerry Hope in July last year.

In the end, the judges scored the fight 96-93, 95-94, 95-94 in favour of the Indian boxer. " I wanted to give a message by giving away the belt so that the tension at the border between India and China reduces. The environment at the border is very bad at the moment. I wanted to give a message of peace and I hope their media (Chinese) and people will get the message," said Vijender.

Vijender didn't have it easy as the Chinese boxer used his powerful left hand to good effect and soon came back strongly in the next couple of rounds. Zulpikar was penalised by the referee for taking an unsporting shot (low blow) at Vijender and that turned out to be crucial in the context of the match as Vijender won the bout by a very small margin.