Vi­jen­der prom­ises world ti­tle in 2019

Mail Today - - OTHER SPORTS - Ateet Sharma in New Delhi

IN­DIA’S star boxer Vi­jen­der Singh has promised his fans a world ti­tle in 2019 af­ter sign­ing a 15-month deal with world’s top pro­moter Bob Arum.

“I don’t think my world ti­tle is too far away. There is noth­ing big­ger than Arum’s Top Ranks in the world of pro­fes­sional box­ing. He is the best from the times of Muham­mad Ali to Floyd May­weather and Manny Pac­quiao. So I am for­tu­nate to get into that league. Ev­ery boxer dreams of fight­ing in the United States, the Mecca of box­ing. Mine will come true very soon. I want to prove that we are the best in the world,” Singh told AAJ TAK in an in­ter­view.

The 2008 Bei­jing Olympics bronze medal­list ex­pects to make his US de­but in next three months.

“I am so much ex­cited and finding it dif­fi­cult to wait till the end of Fe­bru­ary or March when the fight is ex­pected to take place. I want to do as well as I have done at home in In­dia or in the United King­dom. There is a big fight lined up be­tween Canelo Al­varez and Rocky Field­ing and I might take on the win­ner or prob­a­bly Canelo for sure if it pans out as per the plan,” said the boxer from Bhi­wani.

A WBO Asia Pa­cific and Ori­en­tal su­per mid­dleweight cham­pion, Singh has a 10-0 record af­ter turn­ing pro­fes­sional in 2015, in­clud­ing seven knock­outs.

"It is only 10-0 right now but peo­ple have achieved a lot more. Look at May­weather, he has reached the half-cen­tury. Hope­fully, I too will reach that mark. The record could have im­proved fur­ther as ev­ery­thing was ready for the Com­mon­wealth ti­tle fight in May but my op­po­nent got in­jured and the en­tire thing got post­poned. There were talks of hav­ing fights in Canada and Aus­tralia too but it didn’t ma­te­ri­alise. All this while, we were pre­par­ing for big­ger things and now you can see the re­sult. Good things take time.”

Singh met Arum in Los An­ge­les last month to sign the con­tract and con­vinced the 86year-old to bring fights to In­dia. In­dia To­day.in

PHOTO: QAMAR SIBTAIN

Vi­jen­der Singh

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