Vijender, Royer clash before the big fight

The tall pugilist from Bayonne in South West France got embroiled in a confrontation with Vijender after the pair had weighed in. Despite the massive showdown being little more than 24 hours away, Royer couldn’t wait to get his hands on the Indian.

Vijender Singh celebrates after defeating Sonny Whiting in the International Middleweight contest at Manchester Arena.   -  Getty Images

Sparks flew thick and fast between Indian boxing sensation Vijender Singh and his French opponent Matiouze Royer during Friday’s official weigh-in at Stratford’s Copper Box Arena.

Vijender has promised another knockout show but the Indian boxing star’s unbeaten run will be put through a tough challenge when he squares off against the experienced Frenchman in a super middleweight contest here tomorrow.

Royer, 29, is Vijender’s most experienced opponent to date. Vijender has won all his four bouts via Technical Knockouts in under three rounds.

“From whatever I have seen of him, he does not look easy. He knows how to fight a tough one. I would say he is good but then I am no less,” the 30-year-old said. “I will try to finish this fight as soon as possible again. But I think it could be a little longer than the previous ones, which is also good for me,” he added.

The tall pugilist from Bayonne in South West France got embroiled in a confrontation with Vijender after the pair had weighed in. Despite the massive showdown being little more than 24 hours away, Royer couldn’t wait to get his hands on the Indian.

Both men were forced away from each other by officials as tempers threatened to boil over. Royer is a veteran of 44 fights, claiming 3 of his 14 wins via knockout and is promising to spoil the Indian party.

“I know I’ve got the beating of Vijender already; I saw it in his eyes. He looked scared to me. There’s no doubt in my mind I’ll knock him out tomorrow night. There’s a lot of hype around this guy and I can’t wait to be the one to put him in his place,” said Royer.

He added: “I’m the more experienced fighter and I’ll show it tomorrow. There’s no way I’m letting this guy beat me; he’s only had four professional fights. He won’t have a reply for anything I throw at him and once I start landing it will be game over for India’s golden boy.”

Vijender looked in impressive condition as he hit the scales at 11 stone 13lbs and Royer too came in at 11 stone 13lbs.

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