New Delhi: Indian boxing superstar, Olympic medallist, and the man responsible for putting India on the professional boxing map, Vijender Singh, on Wednesday broke into the top 10 of the WBO World Super-Middleweight Rankings.
“It’s just the start for me, one day I want to be the No.1 in the world. That’s my dream and I am sure I will achieve it,” said Vijender.
The rise in rankings come on the back of being crowned the Asia Pacific super middleweight champion at Delhi in July. Singh had comfortably beaten WBC European champion Kerry Hope on unanimous decision after 10 rounds last month. The bout against Hope was Vijender’s longest and the only one he did not win on knockouts. The 2012 London Olympics medallist, who turned professional only last year, is unbeaten after seven bouts.
American Jesse Hart, the reigning North American Boxing Organisation (NABO) champion, leads the super middleweight category.
Vijender’s promoters, after his win over Kerry Hope had hinted that his next opponent could be Commonwealth champion Luke Blackledge.