Vijender to switch to light-heavy category
Vijender Singh, whose dream of bagging back-to-back Olympic medals came crashing down on Monday, is planning to switch to the light-heavyweight category (81 kg) in a bid to win more medals.
The Beijing Games bronze medallist currently takes part in the 75 kg category and his decision to move to a heavier category is a "tactical one".
"I have been fighting in 75 kg for the last six years or so. I will now shift to 81 kg and I hope I will be able to perform well in this new category. I hope to do well for India in this category and look to take part in the next Olympics," Vijender said.
Image: Uzbekistan's Abbos Atoev fights India's Vijender during their quarterfinal Men's Middle (75kg) boxing match at the London Olympic Games
Photographs: Murad Sezer/Reuters
'I gave 100 per cent but it was bad luck'
On Monday night's bout against Uzbekistan's Abbos Atoev in the quarter-finals, which he lost 13-17, Vijender said, "I gave 100 per cent but it was bad luck that I could not win."
"I gave it all but could not win. He is a very good boxer. I did make some mistakes which cost me. But in sport, it happens. You win some, you lose some," he said.
"If I get a chance to meet him again, I will try not to make the same mistakes. As a boxer, you learn from every bout and you should not repeat the same mistakes," he pointed out.
Image: Uzbekistan's Abbos Atoev, right, defeats India's Vijender Singh in a middleweight 75-kg quarterfinal boxing match
Photographs: Mike Groll/AP
'I pulled my back muscle in the second round'
Vijender, a former world No 1, said he pulled a back muscle in the second round and that hampered his movement to some extent.
"I pulled my back muscle in the second round. It will be okay soon; I will take treatment for that and it should be alright," he said.
The 26-year-old fought gallantly but was found wanting against a strong Uzbek opponent who carved out a 17-13 victory in a nerve-wracking contest.
M C Mary Kom (women's 51 kg), who is assured of at least a bronze medal, and Devendro Singh (49 kg) are the two Indian pugilists still in the fray. Both will be seen in action on Wednesday.
Image: Uzbekistan's Abbos Atoev, right, fights India's Vijender in a middleweight 75-kg quarterfinal boxing match
Photographs: Patrick Semansky/AP