Follow Us:
Tuesday, August 09, 2022

I never expected this would happen: National coach Gurbax Singh Sandhu on Vijender Singh’s pro plunge

Vijender Singh is now ineligible to represent India in amateur competitions.

By: Press Trust of India | New Delhi |
Updated: June 30, 2015 7:00:50 pm
vijender Singh, vijender singh boxing, Vijender Singh India, Vijender roadies, Roadies Vijender, Boxing India, Boxing Pro, Gurbax Singh Sandhu Vijender Singh has announced to turn pro and has signed a multi year agreement with Queensberry Promotions. (Source: Express file photo)

Taken aback by star boxer Vijender Singh’s decision to turn professional, national coach Gurbax Singh Sandhu said the Olympic bronze-medallist’s services would be sorely missed at the amateur level.

“It is really very surprising for me. I am in a state of shock because I never expected this would happen,” Sandhu said after Vijender announced his decision to turn pro in London.

“But obvisouly, he must have given some thought to the idea and decided accordingly. At the end of the day, it is his career,” he said.

Vijender, the first Indian boxer to win medals in the Olympics and the World Championships, has signed a multi year agreement with Queensberry Promotions through IOS Sports and Entertainment, that will see the middleweight fight a minimum of six times in the first year.

Subscriber Only Stories
9 FIRs, many notices: Shrikant Tyagi’s long record of notorietyPremium
Post pandemic, employees reluctant to return, firms take offices to small...Premium
Letter links Shrikant Tyagi to BJP, had police cover for over a yearPremium
Experts Explain: What it will take to fulfill India’s solar power dreamPremium

Sandhu said Vijender would be missed. “He is an excellent teammate, motivates others, and is friendly guy. His presence would certainly be missed. I don’t know how the boys will react to this news. It is truly very shocking,” Sandhu said.

The International Boxing Association rules on boxers joining professional leagues other than the ones promoted by AIBA clearly state that they become ineligible for amateur competitions.

TWO IS ALWAYS BETTER | Our two-year subscription package offers you more at less

📣 Join our Telegram channel (The Indian Express) for the latest news and updates

For all the latest Sports News, download Indian Express App.

  • Newsguard
  • The Indian Express website has been rated GREEN for its credibility and trustworthiness by Newsguard, a global service that rates news sources for their journalistic standards.
  • Newsguard
First published on: 29-06-2015 at 07:09:56 pm

Featured Stories