Vijender Singh Boxing Career –
Vijender Singh Beniwal (born 29 October 1985), better known as Vijender Singh is an Indian professional boxer and the current WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight Champion from Kaluwas, Bhiwani district in Haryana. He was educated in his village, after which he received a bachelor’s degree from a local college in Bhiwani. His father, Mahipal Singh Beniwal, is a bus driver with the Haryana Roadways, while his mother is a homemaker. His father drove extra buses for overtime pay so as to pay for Vijender and his elder brother Manoj’s education.
Vijender Singh was inspired by his elder brother Manoj, a former boxer himself, to join the sport of boxing. After Manoj succeeded in entering the Indian Army in 1998 with his boxing credentials, he decided to support Vijender financially so he could continue his boxing training. He practiced at the Bhiwani Boxing Club, where former national-level boxer and Jagdish Singh recognised his talent. Working part-time, he even tried his hand at modelling to financially support his coaching.
The first recognition for Vijender came when he won a bout in the state level competition. Vijender won a silver medal in his first sub-junior nationals in 1997 and went on to bag his first gold medal at the 2000 Nationals. In 2003, he became the all-India youth boxing champion. The turning point, however, came in the 2003 Afro-Asian Games. Despite being a junior boxer, Vijender took part in the selection trials and was picked for the meet where he fought valiantly to win a silver medal.
His boxing style, hooks and uppercut are compared by the media with the style of actor Sylvester Stallone as the character Rocky Balboa in the Rocky film series. Vijender cites him as one of his primary influences, along with boxers Mike Tyson and Muhammad Ali, and boxing promoter Don King.
2004–07: The Athens Olympics and The Commonwealth Games –
Vijender competed at the 2004 Athens Summer Olympics, in the welterweight division, but lost to Mustafa Karagollu of Turkey by a score of 20–25.
At the 2006 Commonwealth Games, he defeated England’s Neil Perkins in the semifinal but lost to South Africa’s Bongani Mwelase in the final, thus leaving with a bronze medal.
He decided to move up in weight and Vijender took part in the middleweight (75 kg) division at the 2006 Asian Games in Doha, where he won the bronze medal in a lost semifinal bout against Kazakhstan’s Bakhtiyar Artayev with the final score of 24–29.
Initially Vijender was not supposed to compete because of a back injury, but he recovered in time to win the tournament and qualify for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Among his preparations for the 2008 Beijing Olympics was a period spent early in that year when he trained with German boxers in their own country.
At The President’s Cup boxing tournament, which is touted as a dress rehearsal for the Olympic games, Vijender defeated Artayev in a quarterfinal bout. Speaking after this, Vijender sounded confident of his physical shape.Talking about his preparation for the Beijing Olympics.
“Now I have quite a lot of experience after competing at the international level regularly. I just want to say that Indian boxers are no longer a weak lot; all are doing well at the international level. Our boxing graph is going up all the time and the rest of the world is now scared to face Indian boxers.”
In January 2010, Vijender was awarded the Padma Shri for outstanding contribution to Indian sports.
At the 2010 Commonwealth Boxing Championship held in New Delhi 18 March 2010, he along with five other fellow Indians won gold medal. Vijender defeated England’s Frank Buglioni 13–3.
On July 7, 2016 Singh defeated Australian Kerry Hope for the vacant WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight title on his home soil in India, marking his seventh consecutive win.
WBO announced Vijender Singh moved up to number 10th spot in the rankings.
Vijender Singh Workout Routine –
He is a big fitness freak who never misses his workouts. Vijender’s fitness regime may be interspersed with his own personal eccentricities and fancies but he adheres to it religiously. He has successfully tapped weight-training to his advantage. A customised weight-training is now an essential part of his fitness regime. The idea is to gives muscles power and tone, not bulk.
Athletes need to be flexible, so I can’t get stiff with bulk.” His coach also keeps a meticulous record of what he needs to do and when.
Vijender’s regime includes a lot of running and cardio exercises.
- Basic perfection of techniques – Shadow boxing in front of a mirror.
- Advanced perfection of techniques – 12 rounds of sparring focusing on the defensive and offensive moves.
- For strength training – Floor work (using body weights).
- For speed, timing and coordination improvement – Pad work.
Yoga and meditation – After training, he meditates for at least half-an-hour.
He also maintains the following things in his daily routine –
- Proper Sleep: To maintain a healthy regime, keep an eye on your sleep cycle. Thumb rule is to sleep and wake up on time.
- Eat healthy, live healthy: Include lots of fruits and vegetables in your diet. Indulging in oily and spicy food should not be a regular practice.
- Be Aware: Know how many calories you should eat in a day. Calorie intake depends on your gender, age and weight.
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