Vijender Singh’s new opponent to be named soon

This comes after his bout — scheduled for July 13 against Lee Markham — was postponed as the opponent pulled out citing injury.

Vijender, who is presently in Manchester for training, will continue working under his trainer Lee Beard. (File Photo)   -  Getty Images

Vijender Singh will have to wait for another ‘three or four weeks’ to know who he would face for the Commonwealth Super middleweight title. This comes after his bout — scheduled for July 13 against Lee Markham — was postponed as the opponent pulled out citing injury.

“We are in talks with some of the boxers. It will take a bit of time before we announce a new name,” an official from Vijender’s promoter, IOS Boxing, told Sportstar.

The official also confirmed that Vijender, who is presently in Manchester for training, will continue working under his trainer Lee Beard. “He will stay in Manchester and prepare for the bout,” the official stated.

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While it is not clear what the nature of Markham’s injury is, but Vijender’s UK promoters, Queensberry Promotions, did try to fill in the July 13 slot with another boxer. But that, it is learnt, could not happen.

“A new date could be announced in the next three or four weeks. We are looking for the suitable alternative,” the official said. While Vijender has won all 10 of his professional bouts, Markham had won 17 of his 22 bouts.

This would have been Vijender’s first bout in six months. The last time the Indian ace fought a bout was in Jaipur in December last year.