Star Indian boxer Vijender Singh has expressed his desire to represent India in the Tokyo Olympics, scheduled for next year. The former Olympic bronze medallist hasn’t been an amateur boxer for four years as he turned pro in 2015 and is currently going 11 fights undefeated in that arena.
As per the change in rules by the International boxing federation (AIBA), a professional boxer will now be allowed to participate in the Olympics while simultaneously continuing their pro career. Hence, Singh has started dreaming to fight for a gold medal for his country.
However, this hasn’t been the first time that the pugilist has expressed his desire to play in the Games. Seven years after winning the bronze medal back in 2008, Singh had decided to turn pro and has since then wanted to play the 2016 Rio Olympics as well, although nothing materialized.
"I will love to represent the country at the Games. Right now, my focus is on the next two professional fights. When the Olympics will come closer, we will see to it accordingly. But yes, why not give it a shot," Vijender said on Thursday, reported TOI.
Singh has been in the news of late after he defeated recently made his US debut and defeated Mike Snider via 'technical knockout', despite not been in regular training for years. And as per reports, his next two fights in the US has been tentatively scheduled in September-October this year and January-February in 2020.
Singh has also given a shout out to Pakistan-origin British boxer, Amir Khan, stating that he should stop competing against "junior" boxers and fight with him instead for the WBO world title. "He picked a junior boxer to fight. Neeraj Goyat is way junior to me. I had said before and I am saying it again I am ready to fight whenever he wants it to," Singh added.