After several days of rumours we are happy to report that Indian boxing star Vijender Singh has officially announced that he is indeed now a professional fighter.
Today, at a press conference held by Singh, he told journalists-
"I'm excited to turn pro and looking forward to the new chapter of my life. I want to train hard and perform for my country at the global level. IOS will be managing my pro boxing career along with Queensbury Promotions with broadcaster BoxNation. My immediate goal will be to work hard and make a good boxing record in the next year or so," Vijender said at a press conference here.
Sing has long been the star of Indian boxing is, by far, the most successful fighter the country has ever had. In 2008 he was the first Indian boxing to claim an Olympic medal, claiming the bronze medal at Middleweight, though has also claimed medals at various other tournaments including a trio of Commonwealth medals, a couple of Asian Games medals and a World Amateur championship medal.
As well boxing Singh has also become a popular actor at home, featuring in Bollywood movie "Fugly".
In the past Singh has said that he has been trying to help make boxing popular in his cricket mad homeland. It's fair to say that he will struggle to make a major mark on the perception of boxing in India, but at least he's acting as a starting point, and hopefully we will see a growth in Indian boxing over the coming years.
According to reports in the Indian press Singh is hoping to fight 6 times in the space of a year, whilst other reports, from Britain, pencil his debut in for the fall
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