This coming Friday our attention will be turning to India of all places, for what appears to be one of the biggest and most notable Indian shows in history. It features their biggest name professional in the main event and several other notable fighters on the show in what looks like an interesting event, albeit one that won't create waves outside of India.
The big name in action on the show is the unbeaten Vijender Singh (12-0, 8), a former amateur standout who has been promoted by both Frank Warren and Bob Arum, with neither managing to turn him into the star they had been expecting. Sadly for the now 35 year old Singh his career seems unlikely to go much further, but it's nice to see him back in the ring after more than a year of inactivity. In fact this will be his first bout since November 2019. Sadly however his opponent for the bout, Russian fighter Artysh Lopsan (4-1-1, 2), really brings nothing to the table. Last year Lopsan was stopped in 7 rounds by novice Pavel Silyagin, and we suspect he'll likely be stopped again here as Singh looks to shake some ring rust and put on a show for local fans.
Although Singh's bout appears to be a mismatch we do love the look of a supporting bout between Karthik Sathish Kumar (6-0, 3) and Sachin Dekwal (9-0, 6). A bout that actually looks like a real 50/50 match up, something we rarely see in India. The 24 year old Kumar has been matched incredibly softly, but has experience of fighting in Thailand, Dubai and India and has been, for the most part, fairly impressive against fellow novices. Dekwal on the other hand is the more experienced, more proven and slightly older man, and will likely be the favourite. Whichever way this one goes we suspect the winner will begin to be viewed as one of the key figures to build Indian boxing around.
Also on this card will be the once beaten Ramandeep Kaur (7-1, 1), who will be looking to avenge her loss in rematch with Rinky Inder Kishore (1-0). The two women battled in January 2020, with Kishore taking a 6 round split decision win over Kaur and Kaur will be looking to right that wrong. This is nothing amazing on paper, but with the back story between the two women the bout does have some genuine interest and intrigue to it.
New Delhi, India
It's India that takes our attention this coming Sunday as we get two cards from the country. The most notable of those takes place in New Dehli.
One of the more notable fighters on this card is the unbeaten Sachin Dekwal (6-0, 4), who will risk his unbeaten record against Jaskaran Singh (1-0-1). The 24 year old Sachin debuted just over 2 years ago and has already fought in the Philippines, Thailand and India. On paper this should be an easy win against a man who has never fought beyond 4 rounds, and has struggle against limited novices so far.
Another notable fighter on this card is 30 year old Kuldeep Dhanda (7-2, 1) who looks to rebuilding following a huge KO loss last year against Romero Duno, in what was a legitimate KO of the year contender. Singh, who has been out of the ring since February, will be taking on professional novice Rohan Rohan (1-0, 1) who debuted last November with an opening round win.
The other card takes place in Bangalore, and is much more a novice card, with very few fighters having more than 3 fights to their name, and of those that do have some experience their opponents haven't been named at the time of writing.
The most notable and experienced fighters here are female Flyweight Ramandeep Kaur (6-0) and Lightweight puncher Karthik Sathish Kumar (4-0, 3), who fought on an MTK card last September in Dubai. As mentioned though neither of these two have had opponents confirmed at the time of writing, and we wouldn't expect them to face anyone decent on short notice. Expect them both to pick up straight forward wins here.