The Vijender Singh (5-0, 5) circus continued earlier today when the touted Indian, a former amateur stand-out, took part in his fifth professional bout and scored a 5th round TKO win over the stubborn but horribly limited and incredibly over-matched Matiouze Royer (14-25-6, 3), from France.
The bout was supposed to be a step up in class for the 30 year old Indian fighter, and whilst it was indeed a step up that really said more about his level of competition in his first 4 bouts than it did about Royer, who seemed little more than a human punch bag for 5 rounds.
The heavily tattooed Frenchmen fought much of the fight coming forward behind a tight guard whilst throwing only a handful of shots, most singles. Singh on the other hand let his shots go in combinations, easily won the rounds and showed some nice movement whilst fighting at his own pace.
In round 5 a hard right hand from Singh dropped Royer, and heavily damaged his nose. The Frenchman got on his bike for a few moments before the referee took him to the doctor who, after some deliberation, waved the bout off to give Singh his 5th straight stoppage win.
Whilst many of those cheer leading Singh will celebrate the fact that he gave Royer just the 3rd stoppage loss of his career the reality is that Royer, a natural Light Middleweight, looked smaller than Singh and looked like a man resigned to losing before a punch was thrown. He is a tough fighter but this was a second successive stoppage loss, and the third time he has been stopped in the space of a year.
For a man with the amateur background of Singh, and given he is 30, it's time that he team actively matched him with a higher calibre of opponent. There is a lot to like about Singh, but his team seem to be their utmost best to make him a circus act rather than really progressing his career and he could easily have taken on a fighter like Royer on his debut. It's a shame that Singh's talent isn't being allowed to really shine, but it seems like his team view him more like a potential cash cow than a genuine prospect, and that's a real shame
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