Neeraj to fight for second title next month

The Indian boxer has signed a two-year contract with Canada’s Lee Baxter Promotions.

The bout is expected to take place in Canada on June 26.   -  PTI

Indian boxer Neeraj Goyat, who holds the WBC Asia-Pacific welterweight title, would be gunning for a second yet-to-be-announced belt next month after signing up with Canada’s Lee Baxter Promotions.

Goyat, who has won nine of his 13 professional bouts, has signed a two-year contract with the Toronto-based, full service boxing promotion company.

The details about his opponent and the title will be known after May 19. The bout is expected to take place in Canada on June 26.

“I cannot reveal the financial details of the contract but it is a good deal that I have got. I guess I am the first Indian boxer to sign up with a Canadian promoter. I hope it will take my professional career in the right direction,” Neeraj told PTI.

“I would be fighting for a title on June 26 but the formalities are still being worked out and my opponent’s name will be out in the second half of this month,” he added.

Neeraj had won a bronze medal in the Olympic qualifying event for professional boxers in 2016.

The 26-year-old had last competed in August last year when he successfully defended his WBC title against Filipino Allan Tanada in a unanimous verdict.