After more than 18 months away from the ring fans finally had the chance to see Indian star Vijender Singh (11-0, 8) return to action last night, and he did so in victorious fashion, stopping 38 year old American Mike Snider (13-6-3, 8) in the 4th round.
The Indian, who hadn't fought since a December 2017 win over Ernest Amuzu, was not only ending a lengthy break from action but also making his US debut. Despite the long lay off his skills and pedigree showed through ash he picked apart the poor Snider with ease, making Snider look wild, slopping and ineffective from the early going.
After just a couple of rounds it seemed like the question of "who" would win was already answered, and the real question was just "how long" would Singh take. That was answered in round 4 when a flurry from Singh forced the referee to save Snider, at an official time of 1:23.
The plan is for Singh to return to the ring later this year, possibly even twice, as he restarts his climb to major fight. It would seem likely that he will be built quickly by Top Rank, given he's 33, and their is a chance, albeit a dwindling one, that he could end up getting a world title fight before his career is over. That#'s if he and Top Rank are busy over the next 12 months, and the right fights are selected for the unbeaten Indian hopeful
After more than a year away from the ring we have now been informed that unbeaten Indian hopeful Vijender Singh (10-0, 7) will return to the ring on July 13th to take on American veteran Mike Snider (13-5-3-1, 8), with the bout being Singh's first as a Top Rank fighter.
The fight will see Singh return to the ring for the first time since he beat Ernest Amuzu back in 2017.
Once seen as the golden boy of Indian boxing Singh hasn't managed to be active enough to really set the world alight. His 10-0 record included wins over Kerry Hope and Zulipikaer Maimaitiali, but he could never land a huge fight, leaving Frank Warren didn't help and so far signing with Top Rank, which he did late last year, has lead to nothing. At the age of 33 time is running out on Singh's chances to fight for a world title.
Snider is, on paper, the perfect foil for Singh. He's 38, suffered 3 stoppage losses and is naturally much smaller than Singh. His most notable bout came in 2016, when he was stopped inside a round by Oleksandr Gvozdyk, and hasn't really done much of note since then.
This bout will be shown on ESPN+ as part of a night of boxing over the ESPN family of services, and will be part of a card headlined by Shakur Stevenson (11-0, 6) taking on recent world title challenger Franklin Manzanilla (18-5, 17) at the Prudential Center in Newark.
Yesterday in the US Bob Arum confirmed that Indian fighter Vijender Singh (10-0, 7) would be making his US debut on April 12th at the Staples Center in LA, as part of the card headlined by Vasiliy Lomachenko defending his Lightweight titles against Anthony Crolla.
Originally there was no opponent named, though boxrec have his opponent listed as American 24 year old Calvin Metcalf (9-1-1, 2), who has gone unbeaten in his last 4 bouts.
This won't just be the first US fight for Singh, but will be his first fight since December 2017, when he beat Ernest Amuzu. The 33 year is a talented fighter, but there is a worry that he's on the back end of his career, and has failed the leave the mark that many interested in Indian professional boxing had been hoping. There is however a feeling that Top Rank will see Singh as a key player in bringing the top Indian amateurs into the pro-ranks.
Unbeaten Indian fighter Vijender Singh (10-0, 7) signed with American promotional power house Top Rank last November, but has been inactive since December 2017. That may be set to change, with Singh reporting that he had landed in LA, and Indian news papers reporting that he's set to begin training for his US debut shortly, with Freddie Roach expected to be confirmed as his training in the coming days.
Currently there is no set date for his return to the ring, and we've now seen a rumoured "February or March" seemingly fall by, though an April or May date would appear to be on the table for the fighter.
The 33 year old, who made his debut way back in October 2015, turned professional under Frank Warren, and was kept active early in his career, with 7 bouts in his first 12 months as a pro. Since then his activity has all but vanished as his career has stalled, and stalled..
Despite being inactive, and getting on for a fighter, he recently told the Indian press that he was hoping to advance his record to 50-0, responding to a question about how his professional career is going with the answer:
"So far so good, busy with boxing. Flying to the US Soon for my upcoming fight (which) we will announce very soon. I am going to LA with my team for training. Right now it's 10-0, looking for 50-0 one day"
Earlier in the week Singh was also in the Indian press calling for the Indian people to unite with the the families of the Pulwama terrorist attack victims, and donating a month of his salary to the families whilst condemning the attack.
In November Top Rank announced that they had signed Indian star Vijender Singh (10-0, 7), who has been inactive since December 2017. Over the last few days we have been informed that the plan is for Singh's first fight under Top Rank is to come in either late February or early March and is expected to be held at Madison Square Garden.
At the moment their is no opponent set for Singh, though the expectation is that it will be someone limited as Singh needs to desperately shake off some ring rust.
Given the timing of his US debut it's expected that Singh will share a card with fellow Top Rank promoted Indian fighter Vikas Krishan Yadav (0-0), who will be making his debut on January 18th. It's also assumed likely that Top Rank will do their best to work Singh into a world title fight sooner rather than later, knowing that Singh is now in his 30's and won't have a career that will last too many more years.
An announcement on Singh bout is expected later this month, and will be massive news in India, given how big of a star the unbeaten fighter is. His TV audience and potential fan base is massive and Top Rank will want to make that huge news when they announce it.
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