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Vijender Singh: This win is a Diwali gift for India

Dublin: A second straight knockout victory under his belt, star Indian boxer Vijender Singh yesterday said he is improving rapidly in the professional arena even though he still has a long way to go before realising his dream of becoming a world champion in the circuit.

Vijender Singh knocks down Dean Gillen in Dublin on SaturdayVijender Singh knocks down Dean Gillen in Dublin on Saturday
Vijender Singh knocks down Dean Gillen in Dublin on Saturday

Vijender demolished Englishman Dean Gillen in just over two minutes in a four-round contest last night to register his second successive triumph in the pro circuit.

The Indian will take a break for a week now to celebrate Diwali with his family in India.

"Wow! that was quick, man." said the 30-year-old, who had defeated Sonny Whiting via a Technical Knockout last month in his debut bout.

Elaborating on his contest against Gillen last night, in which Vijender pummelled the part-time fire-fighter in under three minutes, the Indian said he somehow knew that it wouldn't last long.

"I felt very comfortable in there and lined him up with my jabs first to get the range but then when I started connecting with the right I knew it was only a matter of time before I caught him properly," he said.

The former Olympic bronze-medallist said he is improving by leaps and bound with every day of training.

"When I landed the last right hand and he dropped I had a feeling that he wasn't going to get up and when the referee counted to ten it was a fantastic feeling to get my first KO on my record," he said.

"I said that after the first fight I'd improve and I think that I showed some of the development and improvement tonight, but there's a lot more to come from me," he added.

"I am very happy with my performance in the second professional fight of my career. I have just performed as per the tactics and whatever I have learnt in the last two months from Lee Beard and Hroon.

This win is a Diwali gift for my country and fans," Vijender said. Vijender will be reaching Delhi tonight to spend a week with his family before his next fight on December 19 in Manchester.

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