16 Nov 2011

Pradeep Singh won the Asian middleweight title with an unanimous points win over China's Zhang Yong in a 12 round WBC Asia Boxing Council championship staged in Melbourne Friday night 11 November.

The title win has pivoted the Indian born Australian immigrant as the face of boxing for India - the Asian country giant that is just beginning to embrace professional boxing.

To win the WBC Asia Championship Pradeep had to overcome a tenacious challenge from Yong who left a cut under his left eye with a strong right hand punch in the 6th round. Pradeep was unfazed and fought back to win the contest taking the points in the final rounds.

Pradeep says he wants to defend his WBC Asia title in India. Several Bollywood-connected promoters are understood to be eyeing dates in 2012 for a gala championship defence that could rocket boxing into becoming a popular sport in India where most of the 1.21 billion people - that represents over 17 percent of the world's population- are obsessed with cricket and currently have little interest in professional ring sports.

His next "assignment" is mainlining a boxing event in Fiji where the population is split between traditional Fijians and Indian immigrants.

Originally from Haryana in India, Pradeep has been in Melbourne for seven years and has established a reputation for being India's first WBC world boxing title prospect having won WBC OPBF and WBC Asia titles.

Now 26 years old - and just starting to peak as an athlete - Pradeep is training at the Melbourne Fight Club.

Known as the "Indian Warrior" Pradeep says his best years are still ahead of him and he intends defending his WBC Asia title around the greater Asia region as he climbs up the WBC world rankings.

"There's no other professional Indian boxer in India and Australia. To keep on top and stay a winner I need to be 21st century warrior," he told the Melbourne media.

Before entering the professional boxing ranks Pradeep represented India in major amateur events including the Commonwealth Games.

After a short stint in the construction industry Pradeep is now a full time professional boxer. His good looks and physical persona has given him a fan base of Indian nationals living in Australia, and his reputation is spreading to Bollywood and the Indian movie producers.

While training at the Melbourne Fight Club under the management of Shihan George Kolovos he has been mixing with martial artists and has developed a genuine respect for full rules WBC MUAYTHAI.

"I'm a pure boxer. In respect to my chosen sport I'm a traditionalist for the rules of boxing that uses the fists as the only weapon for scoring. Boxing is my passion, my focus and my livelihood. But I also have a camaraderie and respect for the Muay Thai fighters. I like watching the Muay Thai boxers doing their training using all their physical weapons and I admire their performance in the ring. With WBC boxing and WBC Muay Thai the WBC has the full sweep of professional stand-up combat. That gives athletes two big choices for combat if they want to step into the ring and fight as a professional."


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