Combat Sportsperson Of The Week: Vijender Singh

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Indian Boxing Champion Vijender Singh decided to turn Pro earlier this year. The move from the Olympic bronze medallist did not go well with the Indian fans and the Sports Ministry at the time. However, the air has now cleared and Vijender Singh is set to make his Pro debut later in October this year.

The Indian felt the need to try something new, having achieved an Olympic medal, Asian Games gold medal and three more medals at the Commonwealth Games.

Vijender Singh

Vijender Singh prepares for Pro Boxing Career

Vijender’s move to pro-boxing opens up a whole new door for Indian boxers. However, he is not the first to have tried pro-boxing from India. V Devarajan had tried pro-boxing way back in the 1990s, having achieved his bit of fame in the amateur circuit. Deva’s stay in pro boxing did not last long, but we can expect Vijender Singh to do some wonders in the coming years and probably even announce himself on top of the Pro-boxing world in the time to come.

Ticket to Fame for Vijender Singh

Born on the 29th of October, 1985, Vijender Singh practiced his boxing at the Bhiwani Boxing Club, where Coach Jagdish Singh first spotted his talent. Jagdish encouraged the youngster to take up the sport at a professional level. Thus, the youngster found himself on board for the Afro-Asian Cup in 2003 in the junior circuit and won the silver medal.

Later on, he went on to be coached by Gurbax Singh (National Coach).

Idols and Influencers

The 29 year-old was influenced by the Hollywood flick, “Rocky” and his style of Technical boxing with hooks and uppercuts is a result of Sylvester Stallone’s character in the film. He also idolizes Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson.

Top ranked AIBA player and National Awards

Vijender Singh was conferred with the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award for excellence in the sport in 2009, after his bronze medal triumph at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

He missed out on the Padma Shri the same year, but made up for it by winning a bronze at the World Championships in 2009 and reached World No. 1 ranking in the middle weight category. However, he was conferred with the Padma Shri in January 2010.

No doubt Vijender will miss the Indian jersey when he sets foot into the professional ring, but he has another way of representing the country. “Just like how Pacquiao carried the Philippines flag and (Floyd) Mayweather Jr carried the US flag to their bout, I will carry the Indian flag to my bouts,” said the 29 year-old to Mid day.

All Indians would hope for his success in his new endeavour and wish him well ahead of his start to a second-stage in his career.




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