President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday congratulated Vijender Singh on clinching the WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight title, saying that the star boxer has made the country proud with his feat.
Vijender scored a dominating win over Welsh-born Australian Kerry Hope in a 10-round bout in Delhi on Saturday.
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. It was the seventh straight victory for Vijender in his pro-boxing career, having won his six previous bouts on knockouts.
PM Modi lauded Vijender for his immense skill, strength and stamina while dismantling his opponent to win the Asia Pacific title.
Congratulations @boxervijender for a hard fought and well deserved win. It was yet another display of immense skill, strength & stamina.- Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 16, 2016
Indian cricket limited overs captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, star boxer Mary Kom, former India cricketers Virender Sehwag and V V S Laxman, and Haryana and Delhi Chief Ministers Manohar Lal Khattar and Arvind Kejriwal were among those who congratulated Vijender on his achievement.
Saw a full mch of boxing after yrs.thks @boxervijender for mkg INDIA proud,it's just the start ur hrd wrk,dedication and sacrifice paid off- Mahendra Singh Dhoni (@msdhoni) July 16, 2016
Congratulation @boxervijender- Mary Kom (@MangteC) July 16, 2016
IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla, who was in attendance at the Thyagraj Sports Complex for the bout, also tweeted his congratulations to Vijender Singh.
Great Spirit. @boxervijender once again made India proud. Congrats for winning the WBO Asia Pacific Championship.- Rajeev Shukla (@ShuklaRajiv) July 16, 2016