The 30-year-old dasher clinched his seventh straight win and the Super Middleweight title by outlasting former WBC European champion Kerry Hope in a 10-round contest, cheered vociferously by delirious home fans last night.
The victory propelled him to the 15th spot in the WBO rankings and he will have to defend his title in the next two months. Dedicating the triumph to the late Muhammad Ali, Vijender got just a few moments to celebrate with his team before being asked “what next”? “I want to take some rest, may be for a month or so and we will see after that,” was his initial response.
But with no stopping the questions on his future in the post-bout press conference, the star finally listed his options. “My world ranking will be in the top 15. I will get harder fights now but I am ready for it. I will work with my coaches and my team and we will go for it.” “Mine and Amir’s weight categories are different.
So, in case he increases his weight or I decrease mine then we can work it out. I hope that when that big fight happens, it happens in India only,” said Vijender, thanking the fans several times during the presser for packing the 5,000-capacity Thyagaraj Stadium on Sunday night.
Vijender, on his part, is savouring the ‘Singh is King’ moment on the first anniversary of his pro career. “Singh is King, finally I have won the title. Thank you all. This belt means a lot of things.
It is all about hard work, dedication and it is all about my country. It is just the beginning,” said the affable six-footer from Haryana, who continues to be the biggest name in Indian boxing even after bidding adieu to his amateur career.