New Delhi: Francis Cheka had been making tall claims ahead of his much-awaited bout with ace Indian boxer Vijender Singh. The Tanzanian boxer earlier even mocked at Vijender's medal at Olympics and said he will beat the Indian boxer. (Photos: See How Vijender Knocked Out Cheka In Just Three Rounds)
"Vijender's Olympic medal is nothing. I am a World Champion and inter-continental champion. On December 17, Vijender will know why I am a world champion. I feel sorry India has picked Vijender to fight me. Vijender looks scared already. India will be ashamed on Saturday," Cheka said through his interpreter ahead of the fight.
However, that was not the case on Saturday, where Vijender knocked out Cheka inside three rounds.
After a cautious start in the first two rounds, Vijender hit a powerful right jab on Cheka's face, post which he could not recover from it and retired hurt with four seconds remaining in the third round.
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The 2012 Beijing Olympics bronze medallist used his superior strength and height advantage over the 5'10 Cheka to good effect, dominating most of the exchanges.
Vijender's win over Cheka was his eighth consecutive triumph in his pro boxing career with which he also successfully defended the WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight title.