New Delhi: In a big news for boxing fans in India and UK, Olympic medallist Vijender Singh, on Tuesday, accepted veteran boxer Amir Khan’s challenge for a fight in India.
“I accept the challenge of Amir Khan and I am sure this fight will be a big boost to boxing in our country,” Vijender said in a response to Amir's challenge.
Amir Khan is a British professional boxer born in Pakistan. Khan is the youngest British Olympic boxing medallist, winning silver at the 2004 Athens Olympics, at the age of 17. The Brit sensation currently stands at a 31-3 win-loss record in professional boxing. He also boasts of a mind-boggling 19 wins by KO.
Vijender, on the other hand, brought India the laurels winning the first-ever medal in boxing for the country in the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics.
The pro bout between Amir and Vijender might take another year or two as mentioned by Vijender. Considering both fight in different weight categories – Vijender, super middleweight (76kg), Amir, middleweight category (72.5kg) – it will be some time before Vijender sheds his weight or Amir gains some. Also, Amir is a veteran in the world of pro boxing whereas Vijender has just begun with four fights under his belt.
“As we both fight in different weight categories, we will have to see whether Amir gains or I lose weight. I started my professional boxing career only last year and have made only four appearances in the pro ring. It might take me just one more year when I will be ready to fight against Amir Khan,” Vijender said.
“I am sure this fight will attract international limelight and attention. Currently, I am focusing on my next fight scheduled for 30 April against Matiouze Royer at Copper Box Arena,” the Indian boxer added.