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Vijendra Singh : I am improving rapidly

Sunday, Nov 8, 2015,15:48 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

Dublin | A second straight knockout victory under his belt, star Indian boxer Vijender Singh today said he is improving rapidly in the professional arena even though he still has a long way to go before realising his dream of becoming a world champion in the circuit.

Vijender demolished Englishman Dean Gillen in just over two minutes in a four-round contest last night to register his second successive triumph in the pro circuit. The Indian will take a break for a week now to celebrate Diwali with his family in India.

Wow! that was quick, man! said the 30-year-old, who had defeated Sonny Whiting via a Technical Knockout last month in his debut bout. Elaborating on his contest against Gillen last night, in which Vijender pummelled the part-time fire-fighter in under three minutes, the Indian said he somehow knew that it wouldn’t last long.

I felt very comfortable in there and lined him up with my jabs first to get the range but then when I started connecting with the right I knew it was only a matter of time before I caught him properly, he said. He went down, which the referee said was a slip, I wasn’t so sure about that, but anyway when he got back up I knew I’d hurt him so I went straight into him and didn’t stop punching until he went down, he added.

The former Olympic bronze-medallist said he is improving by leaps and bound with every day of training. When I landed the last right hand and he dropped I had a feeling that he wasn’t going to get up and when the referee counted to ten it was a fantastic feeling to get my first KO on my record, he said.

I said that after the first fight I’d improve and I think that I showed some of the development and improvement tonight, but there’s a lot more to come from me, he added. Vijender will be reaching Delhi tomorrow night to spend a week with his family before his next fight on December 19 in Manchester.

I know this is a just step by step journey for me but have to cover long way to be champion. After having two fights I can just say that Indian young boxers can also do it, its just about doing hard work. I would like to thank all the fans for their support, he said.