I want to fight in India now: Vijender Singh
A rollicking start to his professional career achieved, star Indian boxer Vijender Singh is now eyeing an Asian title bout in the next six months besides a contest on home turf here between March and April
New Delhi: A rollicking start to his professional career achieved, star Indian boxer Vijender Singh is now eyeing an Asian title bout in the next six months besides a contest on home turf here between March and April.
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The 30-year-old former Olympic and World Championships bronze-medallist is on his first trip to India after turning professional by signing up with Queensberry Promotions in the UK.
The Haryana-lad won both the contests he fought in the last couple of months, notching up impressive knockout wins, the latest coming in less than three minutes.
"It's not at all as easy as it looked on TV. I trained for hours and hours amid people I did not know. There is hardly any social circle there for me. I led a particular life for 15-20 years in the amateur level, all that has suddenly changed and it's not easy making the adjustments," Vijender told PTI.
'Tough phase is over'
"I can say a part of the tough phase is over and some more is left before I become fully comfortable with the set-up. However, I am a tough guy and will get over it. I am adapting pretty quickly to the set-up," he added.
Spelling out his plans going forward, Vijender said he would not make a rush for a title bout just yet and wait for six months to get a stronghold in the circuit.
"Right now I am fighting four-round contests, I will gradually move ahead and increase the rounds to six and 10 and challenge for the Asian title in six months time because a title bout cannot be four rounds," said the middleweight boxer, whose next bout is scheduled for December 19 in Manchester against a yet-to-be-named opponent.
"Before that, I want to fight on home turf in front of my people. Hopefully, my fourth or fifth bout would be in India, in Delhi may be," he added.