Vijender signs legendary ‘Hall of Famer’ Freddie Roach as head trainer

Sports Reporter
Thursday, 7 March 2019

Undefeated super-middleweight contender Vijender Singh to make his US debut on April 12 at Staples Center

Pune: Olympic medallist Vijender Singh is set to herald a new chapter in his pro boxing career as the undefeated super middleweight contender signed a new trainer-Hall of Famer Freddie Roach.

The 33-year-old Vijender Singh recently relocated his training base to Los Angles where he will train at the World famous boxing club “The Wild Card Boxing Club” in Hollywood CA under legendary Coach Freddie Roach, a 2012 International Boxing Hall of Fame inductee.

In his 32 years of career as a trainer Freddie is widely regarded as one of the best boxing coaches of all time. He has produced 36 World Champions including the likes of eight-division World Champion Manny Pacquiao, five-time and four-division world champion Miguel Cotto, former WBC Middleweight Champion Julio César Chávez Jr., defensive master and three-time world champion James Toney, multiple world champion Oscar de La Hoya, former UFC Middleweight and eleven-time Welterweight Champion Georges St-Pierre. He has also trained former junior welterweight champion Amir Khan.

Vijender will make his ring return on April 12 at LA’s Iconic Staples Center in a scheduled eight-round bout on the Vasiliy Lomachenko-Anthony Crolla undercard against an opponent to be named.

“I am thrilled to start my training under such a legendary figure in world boxing,” Vijender Singh said.

“It’s a great honor for me to train with Freddie, who has already trained the likes of so many world champion boxers. Professional boxing in United States is of the highest level, and I believe Freddie is the right guy to bring the best out of me. I look forward to showing the boxing fans a new and improved Vijender Singh. I know that with Freddie’s guidance, I can become a world champion.”

“I believe Vijender has the talent and the dedication to become a world champion,” Freddie Roach said.

Vijender Singh factfile

  • 10-0, 7 KOs
  • Became the first Indian boxer to capture an Olympic medal when he took bronze at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
  • He is currently WBO Asia Pacific and Oriental Supermiddleweight Champion. In his last fight, Vijender defeated African Champion Ernest Emuzu in Jaipur to defend both the titles.
  • The knockout king will be making his American debut on April 12. 
  • No Indian boxer has ever won a professional world title, and Vijender, with Roach in his corner, hopes to make history yet again.

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