Indian boxing sensation Vijender Singh is all set to take on Australia’s Kerry Hope at Delhi’s Thyagaraj Stadium on July 16.
The WBO Asia title fight will be his seventh professional bout, which was originally scheduled for June 11. The big event has been pushed back by a month due to logistical reasons.
Vijender Singh is the middleweight boxer, who earned worldwide fame by becoming India’s first Olympic and World Championships medallist at the amateur level. He has exhibited rampaging form even in the pro arena.
“I am really looking forward to the India bout, it is going to be a huge moment for me to step inside the ring in front of my home fans. And that is why I am not going to take any break from training because I want to be at my best. It is technically not good either to take a break as the body has to remain in rhythm,” Vijender told PTI in a telephonic chat from Manchester.
However, the opponent for the contest is yet to be finalised. Vijender said after spending a week in India, he would head back to Manchester.
“Even while I am in India, there won’t be a proper break, I would be training daily because I cannot be completely away from training. I would be celebrating my wedding anniversary on May 17 there before I come back to Manchester to continue my preparation for the India bout,” Vijender said.
“I would have loved to train at home for this bout but facilities are better in Manchester, so I will have to head back,” he added.
Reflecting on Friday night’s bout, the 30-year-old Haryana boxer said Soldra was more accurate than his previous opponents.
“He connected better, certainly, but I relied on power. I was looking for that one powerful blow which would knock him out. I managed to strike that in the third round when he lost his balance,” he said.