India’s star boxer Vijender Singh began his pro-boxing career with a bang after beating highly-fancied Sonny Whiting of Britain via technical knockout at the Manchester Arena on Saturday.
The bout had already been much hyped thanks to the pre-fight banter with Whiting vowing to give a ‘brutal message back to India’ where Vijender came from. However, after three rounds of excellent play by the Beijing Olympics bronze medallist, Whiting was left to eat his words as the referee had to intervene and stop the content after Vijender’s punches, jabs and uppercuts had left the Briton ruffled and dazed.
With Punjabi music glaring in the background Vijender came out to the ring. After the usually over the top ring announcements, Round 1 began with neither of the two taking a massive advantage. Although, Vijender’s tight defensive skills helped him edge ahead by the end of the first round.
The 29-year-old Indian then started to take the initiative in the second round by taking Whiting to the corner and cramping him for space. Vijender didn’t look overawed by the situation and was swift to duck and sway away while tackling Whiting’s punches.
By the time the third round started, Vijender had started to use his 6-foot 1-inch height and long reach to good effect. 26-year-old Whiting found himself cornered on most occasions as he was unable to land body blows on Vijender’s face on a consistent basis. After exchanging some hard blows during Round 3, Vijender unleashed a flurry of punches and found the opponent’s face more than five times. That assault had left Whiting unsettled and the referee had to come in and end the contest.
Composed yet elated, Vijender had made the nation proud by a scoring a win on his pro-boxing debut and beating his four-bout old professional rival bruised and hurt.
“Thanks to all my fans. My next fight will be Oct 30 in Harrow, enjoy it. It’s new for me but I’ve been working hard. It’s going well, I want to win! That’s just the beginning,” Vijender said after a winning start to his pro career.