Olympic bronze medalist Vijender Singh has ended his amateur career and turned professional. In turn, he will be ruled out of the Rio Olympics.
Huge decision by Vijender Singh
Vijender Singh was one of India’s biggest hopes for the upcoming Rio Olympics. However, he is no longer eligible for competing after the decision.
“I’m excited to turn pro and looking forward to the new chapter of my life. I want to train hard and perform for my country at the global level. IOS will be managing my pro boxing career along with Queensbury Promotions with broadcaster BoxNation. My immediate goal will be to work hard and make a good boxing record in the next year or so,” Vijender said.
Vijender made the world take notice of him by winning the first Indian boxer to win an Olympic medal. He signed a deal with Queensberry Promotions through IOS Sports and Entertainment. The deal will see him fight in the middleweight division for a minimum of six times per year.
Meanwhile, National Boxing Coach of India, Gurbax Singh Sandhu said that he was shocked by the decision of Vijender.
“It is really very surprising for me. I am in a state of shock because I never expected this would happen. But obviously, he must have given some thought to the idea and decided accordingly. At the end of the day, it is his career,” Sandhu said.
The International Boxing Association does not allow boxers joining professional leagues to compete in amateur boxing events.
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