Indian boxing star Vijender Singh says he’s ready to put on another explosive performance in his London debut on Friday 30th October at the Harrow Leisure Centre.
Middleweight Singh made an immediate impact with his highly anticipated professional debut last Saturday night at the Manchester Arena by destroying Sonny Whiting in three rounds with a devastating display of power punching.
All-action Singh punished Whiting with a lightning fast jab and heavy right hand, mixed with hard combination punches as he took apart his more experienced opponent. The fight went out live on TV in India, where he is a national hero, in front of an estimated 20m audience and after that performance the figure is expected to be even higher this time.
Now the 2008 Olympic Bronze Medalist heads to the capital to give the fans more action as he sets out on the road to ultimately become India’s first ever professional world boxing champion.
Fighting in London again will also bring back some fond memories for Singh as he represented India at the 2012 Olympics.
“I’m thrilled to be fighting in London as a professional for the first time and I can’t wait to meet with my fans in the south and give them some big-fight action,” Said Singh.
“Winning on last Saturday was a very big moment for me, I had my whole country watching me on TV, even the though they weren’t there it felt like they were and I knew that I had to give them something special and I did,”
“I’ve been overwhelmed with messages from fans congratulating me on the win and they keep asking ‘when are you coming to London?’, ‘you must come to London and fight’, so now they will now get to see me on October 30th,”
“London is probably the most ‘happening’ place in the world, there is a big buzz and magnetism in the city with sport and entertainment, the history and culture, so I can’t wait to bring more excitement when I fight there,”
“I have fantastic memories of when I boxed in London at the Olympics representing India as the captain of the boxing team and it was an amazing spectacle and occasion,”
“I was at the Boxing Writers’ Dinner in London on Monday night and I met many of the great fighters who were were world middleweight champions, namely Nigel Benn and Alan Minter, both great, great, fighters and I aim to be a world champion like them one day.”
“I was back in the gym straight after my win and back in hard training ready for the fight and whoever is put in front of me I’ll deal with.”
Singh features on an action packed card headlined by hard-hitting WBO European Champion Jamie Cox who makes the first defence of his title.
Red hot light-heavyweight Tom Baker from Chingford features in the chief-supporting contest against Margate’s Jack Morris for the Vacant Southern Area Light-Heavyweight Championship.
The undercard features a host of top talents: Bushey light-heavyweight Miles Shinkwin, Islington light-middleweight Georgie Kean vs Nottingham’s Nathan Macintosh; West Ham light-middleweight Sam McNess vs Kevin McCauley; Ilford light-heavyweight Anthony Yarde vs Derby’s Elvis Dube; Mitchell Smith’s brother Jez takes on Newark’s Fonz Alexander over four rounds at middleweight; Acton flyweight Prince Patel faces Gateshead Gary Reeve; Chingford lightweight Archie Sharp vs Hereford’s Dean Evans; the professional debut of West Ham light-welterweight Ben Smith and also Sidcup’s light-welterweight D.P Carr who takes on Trowbridge’s Dan Carr.