Indian boxing star Vijender Singh is hoping to thrill his Irish fans with a good performance when he takes on Dean Gillen in his second professional bout at the National Stadium in Dublin on November 7.
Vijender, who arrived in Dublin on Thursday morning with his trainer Lee Beard, will take on Gillen in a four round middleweight contest on the under-card of Irish hero Jamie Conlan, who headlines the show, and the big-hitting Jamie Cox who defends his WBO European Super-Middleweight title.
The Indian destroyed his debut opponent Sonny Whiting inside three rounds last month in Manchester with a devastating display to mark his arrival in the professional ranks following a glittering amateur career that saw him take bronze at the 2008 Olympics.
Now he’s looking to replicate that exciting showing and attract a new legion of fans in this boxing mad city.
“I’m getting a really good buzz being in Dublin and the city has really taken me in, I can’t wait for Saturday night and give the fans a good night of action,” Vijender said.
“I’ve been over once before after the 2012 London Olympics and trained with the Irish amateur boxing team and I had a brilliant time then, so it’s fantastic to finally return to actually fight here for the first time and show what I can do,” he added.
“My professional debut was only last month but it seems like ages ago so I’m desperate to get back in the ring and do what I do best, fight and win.
“I’ll see what Gillen brings to the ring against me. He’s another challenge so he’ll make me raise my game and perform. I’ve been in the gym perfecting and improving and I’ll be looking to put on something a little bit special for the Irish fans.”
Vijender revealed that he has been following Irish boxing over the years and is a great fan of former World Boxing Organisation (WBO) middleweight and super middleweight champion Stephen Collins.
“This country has many great, great, fighters that have come out over the years and the fans are very knowledgable so they know the real deal when they see it.”
“Steve Collins is one fighter that impresses me very much, his relentless pressure in the ring, his grit and determination and his fire and passion in the ring. Of course he was world champion at my weight and at super-middleweight which is an amazing achievement to become a dual weight champion and I aim to aspire to his achievements one day,” the 30-year-old said.