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Vijender’s pro debut opponent promises to put him ‘through hell’

other sports Updated: Oct 07, 2015 23:28 IST
Vijender Singh

A file photo of boxer Vijender Singh. (AFP Photo)

Star Indian boxer Vijender Singh said on Wednesday he is ready for whatever his rival Sonny Whiting brings to the ring when he makes his pro debut on Saturday, even as the flamboyant Briton promised to put the Olympic medallist ‘through absolute hell’.

Singh met face-to-face with his experienced opponent on Wednesday and both assured the spectators of an explosive fight at the Manchester Arena on Saturday.

“I’m ready for Saturday and whatever Whiting brings to the ring. I’ve trained hard for my professional debut and nothing or no one is going to get in the way of what I have to do, especially Whiting. I’ve been preparing hard with my trainer Lee Beard in Manchester and we have done everything we can in preparation for this, so now it is down to me to deliver the goods on the night in the ring,” said Vijender at Wednesday’s final head-to-head press conference.

“I’ve seen Whiting face-to-face now and we will see on the night what he can do in the ring. Physically he looks strong, but looks are deceiving, there are plenty of questions on him as well: Can he take my power? Will he be able to cope with my speed and footwork? With only a few days to go he is the only thing on my mind right now. Beating him, winning, and getting my first professional win on my record,” the 2008 Olympic bronze medallist added.

29-year-old Singh will begin his quest to become India’s first professional boxing world champion when he takes on Whiting over four rounds in the middleweight division on Saturday. Whiting, who is three bouts old and has a 2-1 overall record so far including one knockout win, went so far as to call Vijender ‘a kid’.

“There’s so much hype around this fight anyone would think that it’s the main event! I’m going to put this kid through absolute hell in the ring on the night,” said Whiting.