Vijendar Singh has been a man who has truly taken Indian boxing to a whole new level. The first Indian boxer to take the sport to a professional level, Vijendar Singh has been on a winning streak in recent times.
On Saturday, the 12th of March, Vijendar Singh went one-on-one with Alexander Horvath, facing off against him at the Liverpool Echo Arena, in what is believed to be one of his toughest fights of all time.
The opponent had a better record and more experience. Hungarian Alexander Horvath had also commented that he prepares for the match by drinking the blood of snakes. An un-intimidated Vijendar Singh however, took on Horvath, and beat him clean. Vijendar Singh’s victory was celebrated with the Singh is King being played in the UK arena, as he won the match after three rounds.
On the 11th of June, Vijendar Singh is all set to compete for his first ever title match, as he fights for the WBO Asia Belt, and it is to be held at the IGI Stadium in New Delhi. Vijendar Singh, however, has his eyes all set on the bigger challenge, the ultimate boxing championship, the biggest gold – the WBC Super Middleweight Championship.
“I’m still representing India in my heart every time I step into the ring. Indians are everywhere. UK-based Indians turn up at my matches with the tricolour in hand and chant ‘India… India!’ even today. Some have even brought me Haryana ka churma after victories.” Singh said, when being asked if he misses representing India.
Singh admits that he often gets quite lonely here, and it is not like India at all. He admits that sometimes he gets beat up during a practice session as well, and the training here is really intense. He says that while he has been having matches of four to six rounds these days, it is expected that as the game progresses to bigger levels, he shall face what might be up to 10-12 rounds, which require a lot of physical strength as well as mental strength.
Vijendar, who has shifted to Manchester with his wife and children, says that the temperature here is adverse as well, as they face up to -1 degrees, and he misses the Indian food, especially Kadhai chicken, said the champ.
Vijendar’s next fight is against an unknown opponent on the 2nd of April, and another on the 30th of April, following which he goes for the Asian Belt in June.