Knocked out! Vijender makes smashing pro debut

Star Indian boxer Vijender Singh made a smashing professional debut by knocking out Britain’s Sonny Whiting here today, ruthlessly demolishing the man, who promised to put him through hell at the Manchester Arena.

Vijender won the contest with a few seconds left in the third of the four-round bout via a technical knockout.   -  Getty Images

The 29-year-old Indian hardly looked a debutant as he got down to business against Whiting.   -  Getty Images

Star Indian boxer Vijender Singh made a smashing professional debut by knocking out Britain’s Sonny Whiting here today, ruthlessly demolishing the man, who promised to put him through hell at the Manchester Arena. Vijender won the contest with a few seconds left in the third of the four-round bout via a technical knockout, pushing Whiting literally on to the ropes and smacking him with a combination of jabs and uppercuts before the referee stepped in to stop the contest.

Strolling in confidently to the beats of a Punjabi song, the 29-year-old hardly looked a debutant as he got down to business against Whiting. In fact, it was Whiting who looked timid and unsure of what to do against the clinical Indian. Nimble-footed and precise, Vijender used his long reach to full advantage against his 26-year-old rival, who is himself merely four-bouts old in the pro circuit. “Thanks to all my fans. My next fight will be on October 30 in Harrow, enjoy it. It’s new for me but I’ve been working hard. It’s going well, I want to win! That’s just the beginning,” said the Haryana-lad after a resounding start to his pro career. Vijender treaded cautiously to start with, taking a measure of Whiting in the opening three minutes. However, that did not stop him from landing a few clean jabs to clinch the initiative. The Indian grew in confidence in the second round against the erratic Whiting, whose attacking strategy went haywire with every passing second.