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I am improving rapidly: Vijender

A second straight knockout victory under his belt, star Indian boxer Vijender Singh on Sunday said he is improving rapidly in the professional arena even though he still has a long way to go before realising his dream of becoming a world champion in the circuit.

Vijender demolished Englishman Dean Gillen in just over two minutes in a four-round contest last night to register his second successive triumph in the pro circuit. The Indian will take a break for a week now to celebrate Diwali with his family in India.

“Wow! that was quick, man!” said the 30-year-old, who had defeated Sonny Whiting via a Technical Knockout last month in his debut bout.

Elaborating on his contest against Gillen last night, in which Vijender pummelled the part-time fire-fighter in under three minutes, the Indian said he somehow knew that it wouldn’t last long.

“I felt very comfortable in there and lined him up with my jabs first to get the range but then when I started connecting with the right I knew it was only a matter of time before I caught him properly,” he said. 

“He went down, which the referee said was a slip, I wasn’t so sure about that, but anyway when he got back up I knew I’d hurt him so I went straight into him and didn’t stop punching until he went down,” he added.

The former Olympic bronze-medallist said he is improving by leaps and bound with every day of training.

“When I landed the last right hand and he dropped I had a feeling that he wasn’t going to get up and when the referee counted to ten it was a fantastic feeling to get my first KO on my record,” he said.

“I said that after the first fight I’d improve and I think that I showed some of the development and improvement tonight, but there’s a lot more to come from me,” he added.
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