Panaji (Goa) [India], March 20 (ANI): Indian professional boxer Vijender Singh on Friday lost against Russian Artysh Lopsan via technical knockout (TKO) in the fifth round of an eight-round bout on the rooftop of the Majestic Pride Casino Ship.
With this loss, Vijender's unbeaten-run in professional boxing came to an end. Before this match, the Olympic bronze medal winner pugilist enjoyed a 12-game winning streak in the professional boxing career since starting his career in 2015.
Both boxers were knocked off their feet in the first four rounds, with Vijender losing his balance twice in round 4. The knockout punch was landed by Lopsan in round 5 as the referee deemed Vijender unfit to continue and handed the bout to Lopsan.
A day before the fight Vijender had said: "I'm excited to return to the ring and the weigh-in gives me confidence that I'm on the right path. I never think about my opponent and don't really care who I'm fighting. I'll surely go for the knockout and if not that, I'll make sure my every punch counts." (ANI)