Vijender Singh, before his second professional bout against British boxer Dean Gillen at the national stadium in Dublin seems to be nurturing some crucial suggestions from renowned British boxer, Amir Khan.
The 30-year old Indian boxer, who has already been receiving the status of a star in England after having knocked out Sony Whiting in his first professional bout on October 10, was contacted on Thursday afternoon when he was at the Heathrow airport, en route to Dublin.
And the boxer, talking about Amir Khan’s contribution said, “I talk to Amir often through internet. Even, sometimes, I call him. In a similar situation, last Monday we had a discussion and when I raised the issue of my second bout Amir advised me to increase my defensive quality more and try to use the left jabs while tending to attack on my opponent. Even, he said that Gillen has also a similar style where he patiently waits for the opponent boxer to go close to his range and then he knocks him out.”
Vijender said the advise, he received from the two-time former world champion in the light welterweight category was priceless to him. He added, “My coach Lee Beard also has given me the same advice and I have been working out on improving technique, especially on the variations in punching left jabs for last one month. And Beard has also made me cautious about Gillen’s style which apparently looks that he is slow in the ring. But his footwork is pretty good and he always tries to deceive his opposition boxer by moving a lot in the ring.”
Vijender, who was given a warm felicitation by the Punjabi community there in London on last 2nd November, has got noticeable fanfare also in Dublin. He informed, nearly one thousand Indian residents of Dublin has been sending him for last couple of weeks wishing him for the bout.