All of us have heard about Vijender Singh somewhere in the news or any TV show. But do we actually know the achievements of this legendary sportsmen. Let’s have a quick look…
Vijender Singh was born in Kaluwas near to Bhiwani, Haryana. He did his primary schooling in Kaluwas and secondary in Bhiwani where he got his Bachelor’s degree. In 1990, boxer Raj Kumar Sangwan got the Arjuna award so the craze for boxing in India increased. The sport became one of the main job avenues in India. So Vijender with his brother Manoj Singh started learning boxing.
His brother Manoj got into Indian Army due to his boxing credentials and supported Vijender financially. Vijender’s father never put pressure on him to go for a job instead he recognized his son’s passion and interest for boxing.
He brought first ever Olympic medal to India in boxing by winning bronze at 2008 Beijing Olympics. He has been awarded with Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award – the highest sporting honor and Padma Shree – the fourth highest civilian award for his contribution to sports in India.
In March 2012, he was suspected of indulging in doping. He was ready to give hair and blood samples but NADA (National Anti-Doping Agency) refused to test his samples claiming that it was against the protocol to test a sportsmen against that drug when he is not in competition. Later Sports Ministry of India directed NADA to conduct a test on the boxer since these reports were “disturbing and may have a debilitating influence on other sportspersons in the country”. By mid-May 2013, the Olympic bronze-medalist was given an “all-clean” certificate by the National Anti-Doping Agency.
After winning the Olympic medal he was known to everyone. He also acted in the film Fugly and judged MTV Roadies. Many of us including me thought that now his career will be ruined and he has lost interest in boxing. He was involved in modelling from the beginning of his career and it appeared that he has made it into the film industry. Many were worried about the sport’s repo in the country since the top most player was changing his mind.
But then came the shock. He turned professional as he signed a multi-year agreement with Frank Warren’s Queensberry Promotions through IOS Sports and Entertainment. After that came the Viju’s storm. He has won all the 7 pro fights he has fought defeating 6 of his opponents by knockout.
|7 wins (6 knockouts), 0 losses, 0 draws|
|Win||7-0||Kerry Hope||UD||10||2016-07-16||Thyagaraj Sports Complex, Delhi, India||Won vacant WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight title.|
|Win||6-0||Andrzej Soldra||TKO||3 (8)||2016-05-13||Macron Stadium, Bolton, United Kingdom|
|Win||5-0||Matiouze Royer||TKO||5 (6)||2016-04-30||Copper Box Arena, London, United Kingdom|
|Win||4-0||Alexander Horvath||KO||3 (6)||2016-03-12||Echo Arena, Liverpool, United Kingdom|
|Win||3-0||Samet Hyuseinov||TKO||2 (4)||2015-12-19||Manchester Arena, Manchester, United Kingdom|
|Win||2-0||Dean Gillen||KO||1 (4)||2015-11-07||National Stadium, Dublin, Ireland|
|Win||1-0||Sonny Whiting||TKO||3 (4)||2015-10-10||Manchester Arena, Manchester, United Kingdom||Professional boxing debut.|
Apparently he is the king of professional boxing. Many young boys in India want to be like him. If boxing is taken as a serious sport in India all credits goes to Vijender Singh. Below is the video of his achievements in WBO Asia Pacific Super Middle Weight Title.