Vijender ready for pro debut against Briton favourite tonight

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Oct 10, 2015 12:25 IST
The 29-year-old had earlier scripted history as an amateur by becoming India’s first Olympic and World Championships medallist. (HT Photo)

Beijing Olympics medalist boxer Vijender Singh is all set to make his professional boxing debut when he will face Britain’s Sonny Whiting at Manchester Arena, UK on Saturday.

The Indian boxing star, who is training under Lee Beard for more than a month, is confident of a winning start in the fourround middleweight pro bout.

“I am totally focused and waiting for the moment to enter the ring. The strategy would be to enter the ring, hit hard and come out as a winner. I have done a lot for my country in amateur boxing and now I want to do achieve something in the professional circuit which will be going to open new hopes for young Indian boxers in the pro boxing. It’s just a countdown of few hours now,” said Vijender.

The 29-year-old took a decision to quit amateur boxing and turn pro in the middle of the year, but because of delay in getting permission from his parent department Haryana Police, he started his preparations for the pro bout little late. But the Indian boxer is confident of putting up a good show on October 10.

Putting into practice

“All the hard training is done and everything will be put into practice in the ring against Whiting. Now it is focusing the last few hours into the mental preparation and getting my mind set on defeating Whiting,” said Vijender.

“Pro boxing is different from amateur, but I have trained well and it is the implement new techniques and hard work I have done in the past one month here in Manchester” he added. Whiting, 26, is three bouts old in the pro circuit and has a 2-1 win-loss record.

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