Star Indian boxer Vijender Singh continued his sensational foray into professional boxing with a second successive knockout triumph, demolishing England's Dean Gillen in the first round itself in Dublin. (Highlights)
The 30-year-old, who had clinched a Technical Knockout against another Englishman Sonny Whiting in his debut bout, was in rampaging form yet again as he finished off Gillen just over two minutes into the contest.
Walking in to the beats of a live dhol, Vijender looked supremely confident as he measured up Gillen in the first 20-30 seconds. With a deadly right straight, the former Olympic bronze-medallist had the Brit down on the mat quite early in the bout.Â (Vijender Humbled by Amir Praise)
Gillen somehow managed to gather himself to fight a tad bit longer but that was just not enough against the nimble-footed Vijender, who managed to corner Gillen with a flurry of combination, throwing him on the ropes.
The assault was just too much for the 33-year-old part-time fire-fighter, who did not get up after going down for a second time.
"I'm working hard with my coaches, 2-0 I'm very happy. Everything has changed, I'm learning. I'm doing OK!" Vijender said after the bout.
Vijender's next bout is scheduled for December 19, the opponent for which would be announced later.
"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 Vijender's British trainer Lee Beard.
"I am very happy with my performance in the second professional fight of my career. I have just performed as per the tactics and whatever I have learnt in the last two months from Lee Beard and Hroon. This win is a Diwali gift for my country and fans," Vijender said.
"Two back to back wins have boosted my morale. 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. After two months of hectic schedule, finally I am taking a break of one week and going to India to celebrate Diwali with my family. Then I will start preparing for my next fight scheduled on 19 December in Manchester," he said.