JAB OLYMPIC JEET LIYA TOH YEH KYA CHEEZ HAI!

Vijender Singh says win­ning his de­but pro­fes­sional box­ing bout is no big deal

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Sa­marth Goyal sa­marth. goyal@ hin­dus­tan­times. com

We may have been ec­static about Vijender Singh’s win at his first pro­fes­sional box­ing bout, but the boxer says that his Olympic medal meant more to him.

In­ter­est­ingly, Vijender who won a Bronze medal dur­ing the 2008 Bei­jing Olympics ad­mits he was ner­vous be­fore the match. “I won’t say that I was scared. Jab humne Olympic mein medal jeet liya toh yeh kya cheez hai! But I was a bit ner­vous be­cause I was get­ting in the ring af­ter a long time,” he says, adding that the au­di­ence near the ring didn’t make things eas­ier for him. “Woh jo ring ke pass crowd hota hai, woh bahut ag­gres­sive tha. ‘Arre iski naak tod do’ were the kind of things that they were shout­ing. Us time toh bas up­ar­wale ko yaad kar raha tha main (laughs).”

Vijender made a great head­start on his pro­fes­sional box­ing de­but as he de­feated Bri­tish boxer Sonny Whit­ing in Manch­ester, Eng­land, on Satur­day.

Be­fore the match, Sonny bragged about beat­ing Vijender and said, “I’m go­ing to put this kid through ab­so­lute hell.’ How­ever, Vijender says, “His words had no ef­fect on me. I know it was a bit of light ban­ter from his end. Just like any other sport, there’s healthy ban­ter be­tween box­ers as well.”

Vijender, how­ever, in­sists that he has a long way to go be­fore he joins the league of leg­endary pro box­ers such as Floyd May­weather, Jr and Manny Pac­quiao. “There’s still a long way to go. I have just had one fight and I have won that. I’d ab­so­lutely love to fight Floyd (May­weather) or Manny, they are leg­endary box­ers. They have been in this cir­cuit for a long time and I will take time to reach at their level,” he says.

PHOTO: JOR­DAN MANS­FIELD/GETTY IM­AGES

Vijender af­ter the bout in Manch­ester

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