London: The verbal sparring between Vijender Singh and Sonny Whiting has begun ahead of the Indian boxing superstar's professional debut on October 10 at the Manchester Arena, England.
Vijender Singh. Pic/Sayed Sameer Abedi
Whiting, who trains under the world famous East London boxing figure Johnny Greaves, fired the first salvo by saying: "I don't care who is in front of me on the night, they're going to get beat, plain and simple. I hear that Vijender is a massive superstar in India, well I'll be looking to send a brutal message back to his home when I beat him."
Whiting is three bouts old on the pro circuit and has a 2-1 overall record so far in the middleweight division. Whiting said Vijender's Olympic and World Championships success as an amateur will count for nothing in professional boxing.
"He's entering the world of the professionals now and it's going to be hard for him, he might have done plenty in the amateurs, but that will count for nothing now. I'll make sure I give him a good welcome," Whiting said in a statement.
Vijender laughed off his rival's warnings of a brutal welcome to the professional circuit. "Let him say what he wants, I don't like talking much. I prefer to talk through my punches in the ring. That's my style," a laughing Vijender told PTI.
"I know that my opponent Sonny Whiting will not be an easy first fight. He has already had three fights so he'll be prepared and I hear that he wants to defeat me in my first pro fight. "He won't beat me, I'm so focused and determined on what I have to do."