Vijender Singh set to return to professional boxing after a year’s absence


Pioneering Indian boxer Vijender Singh will be back in action in his sixth professional fight in the country when he steps into the ring at the ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ event here in August. The 36-year-old, who is the first Indian to win an Olympic medal in boxing with a bronze in 2008, is 12-1 with eight knockouts after turning professional in 2015.

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His 12 unbeaten streak was unfortunately cut short in his last fight in Goa.

Organized in association with the Chhattisgarh State Government, this will be the first professional boxing event in Raipur. “This is a great opportunity to introduce the sport to people across the state and hopefully can inspire a new generation of boxers,” Vijender Singh said in a statement.

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“I’m currently training in Manchester and can’t wait to start my unbeaten streak again in August,” he added.

Delighted to witness the first professional boxing in the state, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel said, “Promoting the sport for the current and next generation is extremely important to the state of Chhattisgarh.

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“Having someone of the stature of Vijender Singh who made the country proud at the Olympics will inspire young athletes across the state,” Baghel said.

The event, which will also feature other undercard fights in addition to Vijender’s pro event, will be held at the indoor Balbir Singh Juneja stadium.



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