His humble background didn’t deter boxer Vijender Singh from dreaming big. Inspired by his elder brother Manoj, Vijender started training in boxing and worked part time as a model to fund his coaching. He got his first gold medal at the 2000 Nationals.
But the turning point came with the 2008 Beijing Olympics, where Vijender became the first Indian ever to win a bronze medal in the middle weight category. He has currently been rated the top ranking boxer in the middle-weight category by the International Boxing Association.
A style icon, Vijender has also walked the ramp for designer Rohit Bal.
If you woke up and found you’d turned into a woman, you would…
I would be extremely shocked!
Rate in order of importance: Fame, money, power...
Fame, power and money.
What are you reading at the moment?
I am about to read a slightly old but must-read book Who Moved My Cheese. I’ve heard it’s very motivating.
Your worst date ever?
If someone were to write a biography of you, what would you want it to be called?
The Journey of Vijender Singh.
Your song for all moods?
Dil Chahta Hai...
Your idea of a great weekend?
Relaxing and spending time with my family.
You dislike people who…
Who can step over others for their own selfish motives.
One fashion trend you just don’t understand?
People wearing short clothes in winter.
Which villain or vamp do you identify with (you feel you are closest to)?
Gabbar Singh, because he had the same surname!
If you were to get a tattoo, what would it be and where?
Probably on my right arm.
What shocks you?
Complete disregard for someone else’s pain.
What’s your biggest phobia?
Disappointing my country. That’s why I hate losing.
Which current reality show would you participate in?
Bigg Boss. It seems interesting.
Your fitness mantra?
Eat healthy and work out regularly.
What are you addicted to?
Tell us one thing nobody knows about you?
I am quite shy.
Your most recent purchase…
A watch for myself.
If you could ask for any talent/skill, what would it be?
I wish I could be as confident of myself outside the ring as I am inside it.
Your zodiac sign?
Five musts in your wardrobe?
Blue denims, white shirts, comfortable T-shirts, shorts and boxing gloves!