Harpal Singh Bedi
New Delhi: Ace Indian pugilist Vijender Singh on Thursday asserted that he was ready to take on against British boxer Amir Khan “ anywhere, anytime’
“ I am always ready to take on Amir Khan’s challenge” but before that the Pakistani origin boxer should stop fighting children” he said
“ Ämir Khan is making loud announcements ,keeps throwing challenges but fights with junior boxers’ Big talks does not make any body big boxer” Vijender said on the sidelines of a felicitation event organised by Platinum Heavy Duty Cement.
Fresh from his 11th straight pro win, Vijender said time and again he has accepted Amir Khan’s challenge but England based boxer never shows up.
Last month, Amir had alleged that Vijender was scared of him. Replying to this claim, the Haryana-boxer mocked at the British boxer saying “I am ready to fight with Amir. He picked a junior boxer to fight. Neeraj Goyat is way junior to me. I had said before and I am saying it again I am ready to fight whenever he tells me to. He should stop fighting kids,”.
Vijender, who is still unbeaten in the professional arena, prevailed in his US debut against Mike Snider with a Technical Knockout to notch his 11th consecutive victory in the circuit.
Talking about his US debut and the bout, Vijender said “ It was after a one and half year that i was entering the ring. It was a good feeling to be back in the arena
“America is the perhaps the best place for boxing. The USA is so big, every opponent has some strength. They say everything starts and ends from the US. Some of the best boxers work there.
“I had no idea about Mike before the bout. On the last day, my coach showed a video of him and how he fights. Earlier, I felt he is not such a good boxer but when his first punch connected me, I was shaken I felt yes now I am in the league.”
Talking about his future plans, Vijender said his team is working on scheduling two bouts in the next 6-7 months where he might get a shot at prestigious titles.
“We plan to have two more fights. One around October-September and next in January-February. We are trying to work around the venue and opponent. The top boxers in US have a busy schedule,” he said.
Vijender who holds the WBO Oriental and the Asia Pacific Super-middle-weight titles is now eyeing the World title in 2020 but before that he plans to fight twice this year if promoters Top Rank Boxing can provide the same.
In the Super middleweight category, Vijender will have tough competition with big names who are current world champions including Canelo Alvarez from Mexico (WBA), Anthony Dirrel from US (WBC) and Billy Joe Saunders from UK (WBO). Canelo had recently signed the richest deal in sports history with DAZN for $365 Million (Rs. 2800 cr) for just 11 fights.
The boxer made his professional debut in 2015 against Sonny Whiting in UK and so far he has a record of 11-0 with 8 knockout wins including two titles – WBO Oriental and Asia Pacific Super middleweight
Asked about his forays into politics and the loss from Delhi’s South Delhi constituency in the Lok Sabha elections earlier this year, Vijender said he is open to accepting all opportunities life provides him. “Galat faisale ko bhi jo sahi karde usko Vijender Singh kehte hain,” he said.
“I never say no to anything. Life teaches you something everyday. I saw it as an opportunity to work for the people. I am thinking I will go to the moon, I never say no to anything. But I will never leave boxing because this is my identity.”
He also talked about his own Boxing Club.”I want boxing to become popular in the entire country so I am going to start a ‘Boxing Club by Vijender Singh’. The youth gets easily distracted by drugs, crime etc so I think this is the right way to keep them on track.
“We will be starting from Delhi where there will be 150 young boxers and we will teach them the sport and provide all the equipment. I will visit the club once a month,” Vijender said.
“America is a very mature market in boxing. Now the fights are going to get tougher and bigger. International or intercontinental titles might be coming up in 2020,” Vijender’s promoter Neerav Tomar said.