New Delhi: Like a true fighter, star Indian boxer Vijender Singh on Tuesday accepted the challenge given by British boxer of Pakistan origin Amir Khan for having a fight on Indian soil.
The Bhiwani boxer took up the challenge in the right spirit.
“I accept the challenge of Amir Khan and I am sure this fight will be a big boost to boxing in our country. As we both fight in different weight categories so will have to see whether Amir gains or I have to lose weight.
“I have started my professional boxing career last year only and have made only 4 appearances in the pro ring. It might take me just one more year when I will be ready to fight against Amir Khan. I am sure this fight will attract international limelight and attention. Currently I am focusing on my next fight scheduled for 30 April against Matiouze Royer at Copper Box Arena,” Vijender was quoted as saying by PTI.
However, a fight between Vijender and Amir is at least a year or two away as the Indian boxer has just started his pro boxing career last year and has only four bouts under his belt whereas Amir has 34 bouts to his credit.
Neerav Tomar, CEO and MD of IOS Boxing Promotions, said "Technically Amir Khan boxes in middleweight (72.5kg) while Vijender in super middleweight (76kg).
"Of course a fight is definitely possible but may be next year or 2018. Either Amir has to gain weight or Vijender needs to lose some. For Amir with his body structure I am not sure whether he can. Ditto Vijender. Thus, it is very much possible, but the technicalities exist."