On Vijender’s US wishlist: A fight at Madison Square Garden

Vijender Singh will shift base from United Kingdom to United States in search of better boxing opportunities and professional glory in the coming year.

After a stint of 10 fights in the UK and India, Vijender Singh is set to foray into the US territory after signing up with the legendary Bob Arum’s Top Rank Promotions.   -  PTI

Vijender Singh will shift base from United Kingdom to United States in search of better boxing opportunities and professional glory in the coming year. “The target is to fight at Madison Square Garden,” the celebrated boxer said here on Thursday.

“I am excited to join the team,” said Vijender. “We will meet Freddie Roach and Robert Garcia, they are the best trainers in the world. I will go to the Freddie Roach gym in Los Angeles but personally I prefer San Francisco. I like it there because there is a lot of Indian community there.”

Vijender Singh celebrates after beating Matiouze Royer at the Copper Box Arena, London in 2016.   -  Getty Images

 

On his move to train and fight in US, Vijender remarked, “America is any boxer's dream. It is mine too, When I met Bob (Arum), I told him it is my dream to fight in Madison Square Garden, so he was excited. He said we will plan and see if it can be done.”

Vijender was all praise for Indian boxing. “I have been following Indian boxing. I was in US for my contract when Mary Kom become the World champion again. In men's boxing, we have Amit Panghal. I tweeted when he got the Asian Games gold medal which is a big thing. But there is a lot to do. This is just the start and they (boxers) should be provided all kind of support be it mentally, physically or medically. Olympic 2020 is not very far. We should prepare for it.”

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Indian boxing, in Vijender's opinion, was cut out for professional boxing. “We have quantity. What we need is quality. There are hundreds of boxers waiting for the right opportunity. We need proper road map and structure for them but we don't have it right now because professional boxing is new for India. It will take time to be set up like any other sport, like cricket or a league. But we need a proper plan. We can do that, but there is time to reach that level.”

Vijender believes he was progressing well. “I am on the right track. I am not saying I am doing excellent but I am doing okay. I am going slowly. My coach always said that take the right fight at the right time. So I am looking at the right time and if I get a fight in February or March I will go for that. May be like at the end of the next year we will go for the World title shot.”

For Vijender, nothing could match the joy of an Olympic medal. “Because of Olympics, people know me. Because of that people know I am Vijender Singh. Before that, no one knew me or cared about me. That medal made me Vijender Singh and that is always special. It will always be at the top and bigger than everything.”