With 24 hours left before his first bout in the world of professional boxing, Vijender Singh, the ace Indian boxer is depending on a common method which is the root of Indian philosophy. That is meditation.
Speaking exclusively from Manchester on Thursday, Vijender said, “Meditation has been one of my key practices for last 15 years when I started playing the game in Bhiwani Boxing Club. It was a message from my childhood coach Jagdish Singh that unless I can develop my concentration I will not be able to watch the movement of my opponent boxer. And meditation is the only practice which can help you increase the amount of concentration.”
Vijender, staying in Mancehester for last one-and-half month, has been doing meditation for around two hours every morning before he starts grueling training sessions in both the morning and evening that is consisting of around seven hours a day!
The bronze medalist boxer in the Bejing Olympics in 2008, added saying, “The key difference between the amateur boxing and professional boxing is that, in the professional boxing you will have to consume more punches during the 12-round bout. And there is no scope of losing or winning the bout on the basis of points. This is a field where you will win only when your opponent boxer will just not be able to stand up, lying on the floor.”
The 29-year boxer will fight against British boxer Sonny Whiting on Saturday evening at Manchester Arena, the historic boxing ring where legendary boxers like Jo Frazier, Mike Tyson had appeared for bout. Vijender seemed emotional when he said, “It will be another dream for me to step in Manchester Arena where the legendary boxers also fought. And I am truly thrilled to have got the scope of fighting my first bout at this ring.”
In a bid to improve his technique, Vijender, along with his grueling training sessions, has also been watching the video of that legendary bout which is called ‘Fight of the Century’. It was the first bout between Mohammed Ali and Jo Frazier, which was held in 1971 and won by Jo Frazier. Vijender stated, “My coach Lee Beard advised me to see the video of this match, just to watch the magnificent footwork of Ali and his consuming ability to take the punches of Frazier. My coach has advised me to reach that level where I also can consume the opponent boxer’s punches.”