- 'Meeting him was really a big motivation for me and he assured me of full support for my all future bouts.'
Star boxer Vijender Singh on Saturday invited Sachin Tendulkar for his WBO Asia title fight in New Delhi and briefed the cricket legend about the structure and future of professional boxing.
Vijender, who has won all his four fights since turning pro last year, is on a short 10-day Holi break in India before his next bout on April 30 in London.
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The Beijing Olympics bronze medallist, who is a huge fan of Tendulkar, met the batting great in Gurgaon and invited him for his first professional home bout scheduled to be held in the capital on June 11.
During the meeting that lasted half an hour, Vijender spoke about the structure and future of professional boxing.
"Meeting the legend Sachin Tendulkar is always an inspiration for any of the sportsperson. I would like to thank Sachin Sir for giving me time out of his busy schedule and I have invited him for my WBO Asia title fight scheduled to be held on 11 June in Delhi," the ace boxer said.
"I am happy that Sachin follows boxing and he asked me about my training regime of pro boxing. He was happy the way my professional career is progressing, he asked me about the structure of professional boxing in other countries. Meeting him was really a big motivation for me and he assured me of full support for my all future bouts."
Vijender is no longer a part of the amateur boxing circuit but has expressed concern about the shambolic state of its administration in India. The star pugilist had taken up the issue with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a meeting earlier this week.