Step 1: Beat the nerves.
Step 2: Beat your opponent.
To Vijendar, on his winning pro boxing debut.
What does it take to beat an opponent hands down? Well, it takes the ability to beat the nerves first, and then the opponent. That’s precisely what the 29-year-old boxer Vijender Singh, did in his debut professional boxing outing in London, when he vanquished Britain’s Sonny Whiting, on his own home ground.
Vijender Singh went all out to down the man who apparently had promised to put him through hell at the Manchester Arena. Vijender overpowered Whiting with a few seconds left in the third of the four-round bout through Technical Knockout. He had Whiting on to the ropes while he gave him a taste of his overwhelming combination of jabs and uppercuts, forcing the referee to step in and stop the bout.
After a few blows, it was Whiting who looked like a bundle of nerves himself, failing in every strategy he applied against the clinically-perfect Indian fighter. Nimble-footed, Vijender applied his long reach to steam against his 26-year-old rival.
In the start of the bout, Vijender treaded cautiously taking a few blows from Whiting in the first three minutes. However, that did not stop him from landing a few clean jabs to clinch the duel.
Steadily, the Indian grew confident in the second round against the uneven Whiting, whose attacking strategy went haywire with every passing second. On the contrary, Vijender was a picture of calm, despite the fans loudly cheering for the local lad.
At the end of it all, Vijender acknowledged: “Thanks to all my fans. My next fight will be October 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.”
Well done Vijendar, such bold moves are always a welcome delight.