Vijender Singh Says Knockout Win Over Dean Gillen a Diwali Gift For India

Updated: 08 November 2015 11:21 IST

Vijender Singh won his second pro-boxing bout against Briton Dean Gillen in just two minutes on Saturday, as the latter was knocked out. India's first Olympic medallist, whose decision to turn pro was met with mixed response, said that his win was a Diwali present for India.

Vijender Singh Says Knockout Win Over Dean Gillen a Diwali Gift For India
Vijender Singh is India's first Olympic medal winning boxer. © AP

India's boxing poster boy Vijender Singh continued his great start to his pro-boxing career when he knocked out Briton Dean Gillen in just two minutes in Dublin on Saturday to make his pro career win-loss record 2-0. He termed the win as a Diwali gift to India. (Vijender Singh Scripts Knockout Win Over Dean Gillen)

"I am very happy with my performance in the second professional fight of my career. This win is a Diwali gift for my country and fans," Vijender said. (Vijender Singh Begins Pro Boxing Career With a Bang)

Before Saturday's fight, Vijender made a dream professional debut by knocking out another Briton Sonny Whiting at the Manchester Arena on October 10. With knockouts in two matches, Vijender has surely raised the expectations of his fans. The 30-year-old boxer was happy that all his hard work is showing in the ring. (Vijender Singh Humbled by Amir Khan's Praise)

"I have just performed as per the tactics and whatever I have learnt in the last two months from Lee Beard and Hroon. Two back to back wins have boosted my morale," he said. "I know this is just starting of my professional career but I am confident that I will work hard in the coming days and make my country proud."

Vijender, who has been in England since August will come to India for celebrating Diwali with his family in Bhiwani, Haryana.

"After two months of hectic training, I am taking a break for one week and going to India to celebrate Diwali with my family," he said.

However, despite the festive season his next pro fight is on the boxer's mind. "After a week, I will start preparing for my next fight scheduled on 19 December in Manchester," he said. Vijender's British trainer Lee Beard was also happy with his ward. "He's been sparring a lot of good lads. He's improving all the time. We'll have a week off then it's back on Dec 19," said Beard.

Vijender, who has been termed as India's poster boy in boxing, always had the determination to bring glory to his country. When he quit playing for India and turned a pro in June, the furore generated was immense.

His employers Haryana Police delayed giving him permission to leave for the pro circuit while others called his decision as one not befitting India's first Olympic medal winning boxer. But all that is past now, as Vijender has started his career on a sensational note but his country still is his priority.

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