Vijender Singh set for professional return on March 19; Will box on a ship!

The undefeated boxer is excited for the first of its kind Vegas-style match with his opponent still to be announced.

Reigning WBO Oriental and WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight champion Vijender Singh is set for a professional boxing return on March 19 at the Majestic Pride Casino Ship in Goa.

It will be the first instance when the Indian star will be seen in action -- on a rooftop deck -- at the Majestic Pride Casino Ship which will be docked in the Mandovi River. The ship is a hub for gaming and entertainment.

The Haryana-boxer, who has enjoyed an unbeaten 12-0 run in pro boxing, is excited for the first of its kind Vegas-style match with his opponent still to be announced.

“I am really excited to return to the ring. It excites me more to have my fight set-up on a ship. It is something that has never happened before in India and I am glad to be part of this unique professional match. I am pumped up and eager as ever to enter the ring again and have been training hard to keep myself fit for the bout,” Vijender Singh said.

Venue for the pro-boxing match. (Courtesy: iosindia)

Neerav Tomar, promoter of IOS Boxing Promotions, believes it will be a unique contest.

“This will be a great opportunity for the Indian fans to witness a unique sporting event being organised locally. This whole year gave us ample time to invest our thoughts in doing something different this time and increasing the level of professional boxing in India. A boxing match on a ship is the perfect amalgamation of the intensity of boxing and razzmatazz of the entertaining casino. We hope all the fans watching or present at the venue will thoroughly enjoy the event.”

Vijender shot to stardom when he won the bronze medal at Beijing 2008, making him the first Indian boxer to win a medal at the Olympics.

He turned to professional boxing in 2015 and hasn't been beaten yet in 12 professional bouts which includes eight knockouts.

His last win came against Charles Adamu from Ghana at the Caesars Palace Dubai, Dubai on November 22, 2019.

Vijender has had four fights in India before - two in New Delhi and one each in Mumbai and Jaipur. He will be hoping to make the fifth bout in India a memorable one.