New Delhi: He knows it won’t be a stroll in the park but Indian boxing star Vijender Singh today said he can’t wait for his professional debut in September as taking on difficult tasks is what makes him happy. “It is not easy. But I believe in giving my 100 per cent to whatever work I do. There is a sort of pleasure in doing things which are difficult. I don’t know how much successful I would be but I am giving it a shot,” Vijender told reporters in a press conference with representatives of his UK-based promoters Queensberry Promotions.
Playing down the objections that were raised by his employers, Haryana Police, after he turned pro, Vijender said the matter would be resolved amicably soon. “I have already asked for permission from regional police. I have met the officials of Haryana government and I am hopeful everything will be sorted out soon,” he said.
Looking forward to his stint in the UK, Vijender said he hopes to make it big bagging titles. “It is a new beginning for me. Everything is new, whether it is training with sparring partners, the kind of training or living in UK. If I get a world title it will be history for me and India,” he said.
“Everybody knows amateur boxing but professional is different and difficult. I am an Indian and I know we can be the best in the world. So I need your support. The Sports Ministry has backed me and I have got texts from many people congratulating me,” he added.
Vijender said his India promoters Infinity Optimal Solutions (IOS) convinced him about the switch to professional. “When I spoke to Neerav (Tomar), I wasn’t sure. I wanted to see the set-up, so I took time off from the camp and went there. I train with C Kuttappa sir, so I had informed him. After I came back, I spoke to my family, specially my wife, who was not convinced initially,” he said.
Defending his decision to turn pro just a year before Olympics Vijender said, “I played three Olympics and after winning the bronze at Beijing, I trained again and tried for silver and gold in London games but I could not change the colour of the medal.
“Many people told me that I should try once more next year. But I think it is about destiny. So I thought let me turn pro as it is new in India. I will be putting the same effort which I put for Olympics and other big events. Lee and Francis have come for the first time to India and I think it will open the door for India boxing.”