Vijender sets the bar higher for London debut

London, Oct 15 (IANS) Buoyed by a dominant win in his professional debut, poster boy of Indian boxer Vijender Singh is targeting another high-octane performance in his London debut on October 30.

His opponent is yet to be determined but that doesn’t stop the 29-year-old from eyeing another victory at the Harrow Leisure Centre.

Middleweight Vijender made an immediate impact in professional debut last Saturday night by beating local talent Sonny Whiting by a technical knockout in three rounds.

The Olympic bronze medallist was aggressive in his bout from the start and dominated the contest landing bruising punches at Whiting.

Vijender promised to exhibit big-fight action in his impending bout while focussing on his ultimate aim of becoming a professional world boxing champion.

“I’m thrilled to be fighting in London as a professional for the first time and I can’t wait to meet with my fans in the south and give them some big-fight action,” he said in a statement on Thursday.

“Winning on last Saturday was a very big moment for me, I had my whole country watching me on TV, even the though they weren’t there it felt like they were and I knew that I had to give them something special and I did.”

Vijender said he is overjoyed by the support he is receiving from fans both in India and the United Kingdom.

“I’ve been overwhelmed with messages from fans congratulating me on the win and they keep asking ‘when are you coming to London?’, ‘you must come to London and fight’, so now they will now get to see me on October 30th,” he added.

London is probably the most ‘happening’ place in the world, there is a big buzz and magnetism in the city with sport and entertainment, the history and culture, so I can’t wait to bring more excitement when I fight there.”

“I have fantastic memories of when I boxed in London at the Olympics representing India as the captain of the boxing team and it was an amazing spectacle and occasion,” he concluded.

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