Ernest Amuzu: 5 things you need to know about Vijender Singh's next opponent
Vijender Singh's year-end bout, termed as the 'Rajasthan Rumble' is due to take place on 23rd November at the Sawai Man Singh Indoor Stadium in Jaipur. The bout will see Vijender defend his WBO Asia-Pacific Super Middleweight and WBO Oriental Super Middleweight titles.
Naturally, there have been plenty of mind games before the bout. However, the Indian has been unfazed and is ready to take on the challenge.
He will take on Ernest Amuzu of Ghana in the 10th match of his career. Here are five things that you need to know about his opponent ahead of the fight on Saturday!
#1 92 % win rate - Ernest Amuzu has fought 25 bouts since making his debut in 2010 and has won 23 of them, losing just two. His win percentage is 92%, which makes him a formidable opponent for Singh to take on. His most recent loss was in May 2016.
#2 Second overseas bout - Amuzu's bout against Vijender in Rajasthan is only his second overseas bout. Prior to this, he has fought just one out of his 25 bouts overseas where he fought for the Global Boxing Lightweight title in Germany and ended up losing it. Playing at home is something Vijender surely fancies as he prepares to face Amuzu.
#3 Winning streaks - Both Amuzu and Vijender are coming into this bout on the back of some impressive streaks. Amuzu is 18-1 in his last 19 bouts and has won his last four matches. Vijender, on the other hand, has won the last nine of his bouts since making his debut.
#4 Late debut - Amuzu made his pro boxing debut a little late in his career when compared to other boxers. He made his debut at the age of 27 in 2010, a little older than boxers who are just entering the pro boxing scene. The same could be said for Vijender too but he had achieved a lot before joining pro boxing, notably an Olympic bronze medal.
#5 Amuzu claims to have never seen Vijender fight - The Ghanaian boxer has been on point with his pre-match trash talking, as are all boxers before a bout. In a bizarre claim, Emuzu stated that he has never seen Vijender fight and went on to say, "I have just heard his name and have never seen him fight. I will take great delight in handing Vijender Singh his first loss. I will smash him to the body to loosen him up and then a right hand to knock him out."