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Vijender Singh beats Kerry Hope: MS Dhoni to PM Modi hail 'King of Ring'

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New Delhi, July 17: Tributes started pouring in as India's star boxer Vijender Singh defeated Kerry Hope of Australia in a hard-fought bout to win the WBO Asia/Pacific Middleweight title at the Thyagraj Stadium here on Saturday evening (July 16).

Vijender Singh in seventh heaven after clinching WBO Asia/Pacific title

Faced with the most experienced and highly rated opponent of his fledgling professional career, Vijender carved out a 98-92, 98-92, 100-90 verdict from the three judges to extend his record to 7 wins from as many fights.

Star Indian boxer Vijender Singh celebrates after beating Australia's Kerry Hope and won the WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight Championship at Thyagaraj Sports Complex in New Delhi.

Despite the unanimous decision, it was far from easy for Vijender in the first 10-round bout of his career. The Australian exhibited superior technique and footwork for most of the fight although the Indian was the more powerful boxer.

Twitter exploded with congratulatory messages for the Haryana boxer after he was crowned Asia middleweight champion in front of huge home crowd.

Cricketers, sports persons, politicians and actors took to Twitter to hail Vijender Singh for the remarkable achievement.

Team India's limited overs captain MS Dhoni to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, everybody congratulated boxer the for beating Kerry Hope in the WBO Asia Pacific Middleweight title.

Here is who said what over Singh's victory:

Vijender thanks nation:

OneIndia News

Story first published: Sunday, July 17, 2016, 10:59 [IST]
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