In­dia’s Singh tar­gets Al­varez

Un­beaten pugilist trains with Gar­cia and Roach af­ter mak­ing leap to United States

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>> NEW DELHI: In­dian boxer Vi­jen­der Singh said he’s hop­ing for a world ti­tle fight with Mex­ico’s Canelo Al­varez at Madi­son Square Gar­den af­ter sign­ing a new deal with the leg­endary US pro­moter Bob Arum.

The 33-year-old Singh, a bronze medal­list at the 2008 Bei­jing Olympics, has an un­beaten 10-0 record since he turned pro in 2015, but failed to get a sin­gle fight this year.

He has now turned to Arum’s Top Rank Pro­mo­tions, where he will get a chance to train with lead­ing coaches in­clud­ing Robert Gar­cia and Fred­die Roach, the long-time handler of Filipino great Manny Pac­quiao.

“It’s great to be as­so­ci­ated with Top Rank. I want to take my un­beaten per­for­mance in UK and In­dia to Amer­ica as well,” Singh told AFP.

“They will grant us three to five fights in a year de­pend­ing upon my train­ing and fit­ness. US is the place to be when it comes to pro box­ing.”

Singh said it was his am­bi­tion to square off with mid­dleweight world cham­pion Al­varez, who is tak­ing on Bri­tain’s WBA super-mid­dleweight champ Rocky Fielding at New York’s Madi­son Square Gar­den on Dec 15.

“If I can get Canelo at Madi­son Square Gar­den, what bet­ter than that. He is fight­ing in the super mid­dleweight cat­e­gory with Rocky Fielding. He is a good fighter and if I do get a chance to face him for the world ti­tle then why not,” said Singh.

For Singh, fight­ing in the US is a “dream come true” and he be­lieves train­ing with big names like Gar­cia and Roach will lift his ca­reer.

“Bob Arum in­tro­duced us to Gar­cia and Roach. We are still try­ing to fig­ure out who will ul­ti­mately train me. But cer­tainly they are all big names and it will be an hon­our to be coached by them,” said Singh.

“I am train­ing hard de­spite not get­ting a fight this year. But will take it to the next level when I travel to the US later this month,” added the In­dian, whose last fight was against African cham­pion Ernest Amuzu in De­cem­ber 2017.

Singh’s sched­uled fight in July this year against Bri­ton Lee Markham for the Com­mon­wealth super mid­dleweight ti­tle was called off af­ter his op­po­nent pulled out due to in­jury.

Singh be­came a na­tional hero 10 years ago when he be­came the first In­dian to win a box­ing medal at the Olympics.

Later, a short act­ing stint in Bol­ly­wood fur­ther raised his pro­file in In­dia.

In­dia’s Vi­jen­der Singh, left, dur­ing a fight last year.

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