Vijender gets motivation from his idol
With less than a week left for his professional debut, Indian boxing star Vijender Singh received some <g data-gr-id="28">much needed</g> motivation as he met his childhood hero multiple world champion
Naseem Hamed on the sidelines of the English Premier League (EPL) <g data-gr-id="27">clash</g> between Arsenal and Manchester United.
Hamed, a former British boxer of Yemeni descent, is a former World Boxing Organisation (WBO), World Boxing Confederation (WBC) and International Boxing <g data-gr-id="22">Federaion</g> (IBF) champion across several weight categories.
The duo met at the Emirates Stadium here on Sunday as Arsenal demolished United 3-0 to take the second place in the EPL standings.
The British boxing legend believes that Vijender can become just as big as Filipino great Manny Pacquiao.
Vijender, who will <g data-gr-id="21">kick start</g> his professional career on October 10, asserted that the show of support from the former three-time world champion has come as a major boost for him.
“Naseem Hamed was massive, massive, influence on my career, he was my idol and the reason I got into boxing. He was awesome. Everything about him, the ring entrances, the knockout power, the entertainment, he was a superstar, everybody around the world watched him fight,” Vijender was quoted as saying in a statement.
“So it was a real honour to meet him at the Emirates Stadium face-to-face and have a good chat with him. Of course, he has been on top of the boxing world and the advice he gave was very sound and I took it all in as I’m now starting out on my professional career,” the 29-year-old from Haryana added.