Vijender Singh to Make US Pro Boxing Debut on 12 April

Vijender Singh’s new trainer Freddie Roach has shaped the likes of Manny Pacquiao and Mike Tyson.

Olympic Sports
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Vijender Singh with new trainer Freddie Roach.

Indian boxing star Vijender Singh will make his debut in the American professional circuit on 12 April against a yet-to-be-decided opponent and is currently training under Hall of Famer Freddie Roach, who shaped the likes of Manny Pacquiao and Mike Tyson.

Vijender, unbeaten in his 10-bout pro career, will make his US debut at Staples Center on the Vasiliy Lomachenko-Anthony Crolla undercard. It will be an eight-round contest and his opponent will be announced later.

Vijender Singh to Make US Pro Boxing Debut on 12 April

The 33-year-old Vijender recently relocated his training base to Los Angles where he is training at the 'The Wild Card Boxing Club' under Roach, a 2012 International Boxing Hall of Fame (IBHOF) inductee, his India promoters IOS Boxing Promotions said in a press release.

In his 32 years as a trainer, Roach is widely regarded as one of the best boxing coaches of all time.

Roach has been mentor to 36 world champions including the likes of Tyson, eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao, five-time and four-division world champion Miguel Cotto and multiple world champion Oscar de La Hoya. He has also trained former junior welterweight champion Amir Khan.

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

Roach feels India's first Olympic medallist in boxing has what it takes to be a world champion in the highly competitive US circuit.

“I believe Vijender has the talent and the dedication to become a world champion. He has a great amateur background, a style that will give any super middle-weight in the world problems, and power in both hands.”
Freddie Roach, Vijender’s coach

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