In what was to be a super middleweight eight-rounder on Saturday night (early Sunday morning in India), the 33-year-old from Haryana prevailed in four rounds for his 11th consecutive victory.
The triumph came in the second minute of the fourth round when Vijender cornered Snider with a flurry of straight punches, prompting the referee to stop the bout in the Indian’s favour. This was Vijender’s eighth knockout win in all. The boxer posted a video of the win on Twitter.
गान अर्पित, प्राण अर्पित, रक्त का कण-कण समर्पित। चाहता हूँ देश की धरती, तुझे कुछ और भी दूँ। Thanking everyone back… https://t.co/VmXdbS0lgC
— Vijender Singh (@boxervijender) 1563066561000
The 38-year-old Snider was flailing his arms without any significant force in his punches for most of the bout.
Vijender, on the other hand, was sharp as ever despite fighting his first bout in more than a year.
The Indian never looked threatened by the local favourite and thwarted his feeble attacks quite easily.
Commenting on his win, Vijender said, “It was excellent getting back in the ring after a long time off. It’s great to be here in the USA and to get the win. It was really exciting. I am really happy for my winning debut in USA.”
“It took me about four rounds to get back in the swing of things. I expected it to take two or three rounds, but it took me four. I felt good,” said Vijender.
“Top Rank (Vijender’s promoter) has a bigger plan for me, and whatever they say is next, I’m fine with,” he added.
Snider came into the fight with an overall record of 13-5-3.
Vijender would be aiming to compete in two more fights this year after signing up with Hall of Famer Bob Arum‘s Top Rank Promotions.
Vijender, a former WBO Asia Pacific champion, recently fought and lost in the Indian general elections from the South Delhi seat.