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Vijender Singh, 2008 Olympic bronze medallist boxer, has called it quits from Indian National Boxing.
Vijender was in London training with the Queensberry Promotion which is owned by popular British boxing promoter Francis Warren.
Many speculations about his future career were floating. All this could be indication that he’s about to go pro.
Once a boxer turns professional, he cannot compete at an amateur level*. What this means is Vijender won’t be able to compete at the Olympics.
Reports suggest that the boxer has signed a long term deal with the British company. The owner, Francis Warren, had tweeted, “Big news coming tomorrow #boxing”.
A statement from Warren’s media team manager Richard Maynard to Mail Today said: “Boxing promoter Francis Warren will host a press conference on Monday, June 29, when a major announcement will be made regarding India’s boxing sensation and 2008 Olympic medallist Vijender Kumar. The 29-year-old hotshot is currently one of the hottest stars in Asian sport and the exciting news to be released on Monday will thrill the millions of adoring fans he has at home, in the UK and around the world.”
A press conference was held in London on Monday, where he announced the big news.
“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 the press conference.
Vijender’s professional plunge means he would not be representing India at the Olympics and national coach Gurbax Singh Sandhu has said that it is bad news for the team overall.
“I’m very excited to have brought such a talented and determined individual over to the UK and can’t wait to see what Vijender is capable of doing in the professional ranks after achieving so much as an amateur,” said Francis Warren.
“After spending the past week with him in Manchester, there is no doubt in my mind that he has what it takes to be a very successful professional boxer, not only due to his undoubted natural talent, but also due to his drive and focus.”
“He has a clear idea of what he wants to achieve and I am over the moon that he will be doing that with Queensberry Promotions and BoxNation,” he added.
* unless they’re part of The International Boxing Association’s pro boxing competetion APB