Boxer Vijender Singh invites Sachin Tendulkar for maiden professional home bout in Delhi
Vijender also briefed Sachin Tendulkar about the structure of amateur boxing in India and around the world, as well as how his career was shaping up.
New Delhi: Star boxer Vijender Singh on Saturday invited Sachin Tendulkar for his WBO Asia title fight in New Delhi and
briefed the cricket legend about the structure and future of professional boxing.
Vijender, who has won all his four fights since turning pro last year, is on a short 10-day Holi break in India before his next bout on 30 April in London. The Beijing Olympics bronze medallist, who is a huge fan of Tendulkar, met the batting great in Gurgaon and invited him for his first professional home bout scheduled to be held in the capital on 11 June.
During the meeting that lasted half an hour, Vijender spoke about the structure and future of professional boxing. Vijender said: "Meeting the legend Sachin Tendulkar is always an inspiration for any of the sportsperson. I would like to thank Sachin sir for giving me time out of his busy schedule and I have invited him for my WBO Asia title fight scheduled to be held on 11 June in Delhi.
"I am happy that Sachin follows boxing and he asked me about my training regime of pro boxing. He was happy the way my professional career is progressing, he asked me about the structure of professional boxing in other countries. Meeting him was really a big motivation for me and he assured me of full support for my all future bouts."
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