Vijender Singh makes the first defence of his WBO Asia Pacific Super-Middleweight Title today against the experienced Francis Cheka.

Fighting on home turf for the second time in succession, Singh will be looking to finish the year with a bang to retain his Title and cement his position in the WBO World Rankings at the turn of the year.

Now ranked #11 - Singh cannot afford to slip up in his quest to continue rising the WBO's order of merit towards a World Title shot.

The fighting pride of India has made a perfect start to life as a pro, racking up seven wins on the spin with six coming conclusively inside the distance.

A stand out amateur, Singh's transition with trainer Lee Beard over the past year has been impressive.

Last time out Vijender went the ten round distance with former European Champion Kerry Hope to bank some invaluable rounds and secure his first Title as a professional.

Next up for Vijender, who hit the scales at 167.5lbs, is Mickey Helliet managed Francis Cheka from Tanzania.

The 34 year old has some familiar names on his C.V including Matthew Macklin, Fedor Chudinov and Paul Smith over the course of his 43 fight career.

Speaking exclusively to BoxNation in the build up to the fight, Singh outlined his World Title ambitions stating: "The real journey will start now!"

Watch the full interview with Vijender Singh below - We're live on air today at 3.30pm before Bernard Hopkins bids farewell against Joe Smith Jr later in the evening.