Zulpikar Maimaitiali training 10 hours-a-day to knock-out Vijender Singh

first_imgWBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight champion Vijender Singh is all set to face WBO Oriental Super Middleweight Champion and Chinese number 1 boxer Zulpikar Maimaitiali for a double title fight on August 5 at NSCI, Mumbai.Battleground Asia is nearly two weeks away and both the boxers are giving in their 100 percent to be declared as the ultimate ‘King of Asia’.Indian boxing sensation continues to train harder every day with his trainer Lee Beard and changing his ways to face the Southpaw boxer in the ring, Zulpikar Maimaitiali on the other hand is training for 10 hours a day to match up to Vijender Singh.He says, “I take every bout seriously and try to push myself to the limit every time. Vijender will be one of the rivals that I beat, I know his traits and I am preparing accordingly, I am putting in 10 hours every day into training to make sure Vijender is knocked out in the first 2-3 rounds itself. On 5th August Vijender will actually face the toughest opponent in his pro boxing career”.Zulpikar feels that the training he is undergoing should not be revealed to everyone, he believes in surprising his opponent, “My team has watched all his bouts. At this phase, maybe only myself and my coach should understand the training schedule that have been implemented. Vijender will be surprised when I throw punches at him, he thinks I am a kid, but he has no idea who I am”.This will be Vijender’s third fight in the country and like before this time too he is expecting the country to come out in complete support for him, however Zulpikar does not seem to be troubled by this, “Fighting abroad is not fresh to me and I respect the audiences, hoping they will like our fight. I hope they won’t feel bad when their favourite boxer is getting beaten up by me.”advertisementVijender holds a record of seven knock out wins since his pro-boxing debut, Zulpikar having the same record of bouts has less knock out wins, but he is confident that this would be Vijender’s first loss.”Both of us have no loss record since pro debut, both of us have high ratio of KO. As I said, the pressure should be on his side, as it will be too old for him to suffer and recover from a loss, what will be worse is losing from someone as young as me. He is considered the king of boxing in India, so he has started feeling like a king, its time I get him down onto the ground.”last_img read more

World Cup: FIFA rejects media reports of doping among Russian players

first_imgThe World football governing body FIFA has said that it had not found any evidence of doping among Russia’s players as the country hosts the World Cup finals.The statement was made rejecting a British media report alleging doping cover-ups among Russian national team football players.”Insufficient evidence was found to assert an anti-doping rule violation by any footballer,” FIFA said in a statement.World Cup 2018: Qualifying scenarios for all teams before final group gamesIt added that the investigations opened against players named to Russia’s preliminary squad last month had been closed.FIFA WORLD CUP 2018 FULL COVERAGERubin Kazan defender Ruslan Kambolov, investigated by FIFA over alleged doping violations, was named in Russia’s preliminary squad last month but later sustained an injury and was left out of the final selection.”In the course of the investigations FIFA looked at every possible evidence, leaving no stone unturned,” the global football governing body said.FIFA launched investigations into possible anti-doping violations by Russian football players after a report commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) found that more than 1,000 Russian competitors across more than 30 sports – including football – were involved in an institutional conspiracy to conceal positive drug tests.FIXTURES | POINTS TABLERussia has rejected allegations it has run a state-sponsored doping programme and elaborately covered up its athletes’ positive tests at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.The country’s athletics federation, its anti-doping agency RUSADA and its Paralympic committee remain suspended over doping allegations.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more