San­gram set to fight ‘last man stand­ing’ bout to­day

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Leisure - HIMIKA CHAUDHURI

Wrestler San­gram Singh (right), is back to do­ing what he does best — wres­tle. Singh, who be­came a house­hold name af­ter he signed up in a re­al­ity show on TV in 2013, is fight­ing a ‘last man stand­ing’ bout with Cana­dian heavy­weight cham­pion Joe Leg­end in South Africa’s Capetown to­day.

The bout which has to be fought by the two wrestlers as long as one of them doesn’t quit or gets too in­jured to fight any­more, is ap­par­ently cre­at­ing a lot of buzz in Capetown. “I was fea­tured in one of the lead­ing dailies here, and it felt re­ally good as an In­dian,” says Singh, speak­ing to us from SA, and adds that he will find enough sup­port among the au­di­ence in the sta­dium, from the In­di­ans who live there.

“I am keep­ing my­self very fo­cussed, Joe is a very pow­er­ful wrestler, but I have my strate­gies in place too. I am proud to be rep­re­sent­ing my coun­try at an in­ter­na­tional match.” says Singh, who was par­tic­i­pat­ing in a dance re­al­ity show till re­cently, but quit the show just to be able to fight this match. Talk­ing about his de­ci­sion he says, “I felt bad that Payal (Ro­hatgi, fi­ancee) had to quit the show be­cause I opted out, but I had no op­tion be­cause the fi­nals of the show, and this fight turned out to be on the same day, and I chose wrestling over the show.”

Singh, who is go­ing through a rig­or­ous train­ing says that the only is­sue that he is fac­ing there is that of find­ing good veg­e­tar­ian food. “It is very cold here, and most of the food is non-veg­e­tar­ian. But the fruits and qual­ity of milk is great, and I am hav­ing lots of that,” he says.

“I re­ally want to win this bout so that I can use the money and the plat­form to pro­mote wrestling tal­ent back home,” he signs off.

San­gram Singh; (Inset) With South African wrestler Zama Njok­wani

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