Vijender-Singh_1The 29-year-old, who scripted history as an amateur by becoming India’s first Olympic and World Championships medallist, is all set to begin a new chapter in his illustrious boxing career. In his debut middleweight pro bout, the strapping six-footer faces a cocky opponent in Whiting, who has promised to put him “through hell”. The 26-year-old from Rochester is three-bouts old in the circuit and has a 2-1 win-loss record.

Despite the verbal provocations, Vijender has remained his usual composed self and has promised to answer every threat with his punches in the ring.

“I am totally focussed and waiting for the right moment to reply in the ring. I am not at all bothered by his comments. I will reply with my punches,” Vijender said on the eve of the bout.

Vijender, who signed up with Queensberry Promotions in July, is not the first Indian to enter the professional arena with the likes of Gurcharan Singh and Pradeep Sihag having been a regular in the circuit earlier. However, never before has an Indian boxer’s professional debut generated this kind of hype.

This can largely be attributed to his equally unprecedented success as an amateur boxer, a highlight of which was becoming the world number one in middleweight at one stage.

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The 29-year-old, who scripted history as an amateur by becoming India’s first Olympic and World Championships medallist, is all set to begin a new chapter in his illustrious boxing career. In his debut middleweight pro bout, the strapping six-footer faces a cocky opponent in Whiting, who has promised to...