Advertisement
Wednesday, Dec 07, 2022
Outlook.com
Outlook.com

Vijender Singh Signs Multi-Year Deal With Legendary Promoter Bob Arum; Paves Way For US Debut

Vijender, who has a 10-0 (7 KOs) record in the circuit since turning pro in 2015, said he couldn't have hoped for a better deal.

Vijender Singh Signs Multi-Year Deal With Legendary Promoter Bob Arum; Paves Way For US Debut
| File Photo
Vijender Singh Signs Multi-Year Deal With Legendary Promoter Bob Arum; Paves Way For US Debut
outlookindia.com
2018-11-20T17:42:27+05:30

Indian boxer Vijender Singh receives a massive boost to his professional career with the signing of a multi-year deal with legendary promoter Bob Arum's company Top Rank.

It will pave the way for the undefeated Indian boxer to make his debut in the United States, the most lucrative market for professional boxing.

Vijender's India promoters IOS Boxing said in a statement that the celebrated boxer will make his US debut next year, reports PTI.

Vijender, 33, has fought all but one of his professional bouts in India and England. The 2008 Olympics bronze-medallist will make his debut under the Top Rank banner in early 2019.

"Top Rank is very excited to enter into a contract with Vijender," Arum said in a statement on Monday night here.

"We intend to make him a big star in the United States and look forward to him participating in major events in India, where he is already a major superstar."

Arum is an International Boxing Hall of Famer and has worked with several big names in the circuit, including the likes of Manny Pacquiao.

Vijender, who has a 10-0 (7 KOs) record in the circuit since turning pro in 2015, said he couldn't have hoped for a better deal. He has been associated with Queensberry Promotions, owned by Frank Warren, in England.

"I have always wanted to work with someone who is the best in the business, and I know Top Rank has been the driving force behind boxing's biggest superstars, including Oscar De La Hoya, Floyd Mayweather, and Miguel Cotto," he said.

"I am eagerly waiting a date for my U.S. debut to take on the world and keep the Indian flag on the world boxing map fluttering high," he added.

IOS Boxing's Neerav Tomar said his company fetched the best for the Indian superstar, whose amateur career has also been path-breaking.

"...Bob has done so much for professional boxers over the years and has been instrumental in building the careers of so many of the best boxers in the world today. We are honoured to be promoted by him," he said.

The 33-year-old Vijender was India's first boxing medallist at the Olympics and also won the country's maiden world championship medal in 2009. He won a gold at the 2010 Asian Games.

After turning professional, he captured the WBO Asia Pacific and Oriental super middleweight title.

However, he hasn't competed this year and his last fight was in December 2017, a 10-round decision against Ghanaian Ernest Amuzu in Jaipur.

(With PTI inputs)

Advertisement

Outlook Newsletters

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

Read More from Outlook

Lament Of Separation: Songs Of Habba Khatun, Last Queen Of Kashmir, Still Echo In Valley

Lament Of Separation: Songs Of Habba Khatun, Last Queen Of Kashmir, Still Echo In Valley

In happy times and sad, Habba Khatun’s sensuous songs make both young and old emotional. With the never-ending conflict bringing tragedies to every doorstep, Habba’s lyrics of separation amplify their mourning.

How Indian Laws Govern People’s Right To Love And Live

How Indian Laws Govern People’s Right To Love And Live

In India, only those relationships between a man and a woman are considered to be legitimate when there is a marriage between the two.

Kohli Quits Test Captaincy, Leaves Leadership Vacuum

Kohli Quits Test Captaincy, Leaves Leadership Vacuum

Virat Kohli, 33, had recently stepped down as India's T20I captain and was subsequently removed as the ODI captain.

UP Elections 2022: How Congress Is Harnessing Power Of 'Persecuted' Women To Counter BJP

UP Elections 2022: How Congress Is Harnessing Power Of 'Persecuted' Women To Counter BJP

A Mahila Congress leader, who is the face of the ‘Ladki Hoon, Lad Sakti Hoon’ campaign, however, has accused the party of anti-women bias after she was denied a ticket.

Advertisement