Vijender confident about tackling taller opponent

Vijender Singh, who boasts an impressive 12-0 record in his professional career, will face a stiff challenge from the towering Russian Artysh Lipsan.

Vijender Singh

Vijender Singh and Artysh Losan will square off on March 19 in a super middle-weight fight on the rooftop deck of the Majestic Pride Casino Ship in Panaji.   -  Special Arrangement

Vijender Singh is confident about getting the better of his taller and younger Russian opponent, Artysh Lipsan, in their professional boxing bout in Goa on March 19.

After the two boxers reached Goa on Monday, the unbeaten Vijender said he would be able to tackle the six-foot-four-inch-tall 26-year-old Russian and win his 13th straight fight.

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“He (Lopsan) is tall. I will be slow at the start but I am confident of beating him nonetheless. Height is not everything and in boxing you need strength and strategy. I have experience under my belt and Lopsan is still a kid," said 35-year-old Vijender, who is five-foot-11-inch tall.

"The tougher the opponent, more the  fun to beat him," he added.

Lopsan was keen to end Vijender's unbeaten record in the fight to be held on the Majestic Pride Casino ship.

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"I’m ready to knock him out early. It would be great beating him in front of his home crowd," said Lopsan, who has a record of four wins, one loss and one draw.

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