Beijing Olympic medalist Vijendra Singh, derailing India’s dreams for a gold in Rio Olympics, looks set to join the professional ranks, ending his stint as a boxer for India. The Indian Boxing ace is about to join the stable of British promoter Francis Warren, according to reports.
If the Indian boxing’s billboard boy takes the plunge into professional boxing, he will no longer be seen as an Indian boxer in tournaments, which means he will no longer be able to represent the country.
The Indian boxing star has been in London to train for the upcoming major international events, according to Mail Today. Warren’s media team manager Richard Maynard said, “Boxing promoter Francis Warren will host a press conference on Monday, June 29, when a major announcement will be made regarding India’s boxing sensation and 2008 Olympic medallist Vijender Kumar.”
“The 29-year-old hotshot is currently one of the hottest stars in Asian sports and the exciting news to be released on Monday will thrill the millions of adoring fans he has at home, in the UK and around the world,” he added.
Vijendra Singh has also posted pictures of himself with a few other professional boxers in England, on social networking sites, Facebook and Twitter.
In January 2010, Vijender was awarded the Padma Shri for outstanding contribution to Indian sports.