LIVERPOOL, March 13: Indian boxing star Vijender Singh has dedicated his fourth successive professional triumph to the Indian Armed Forces personnel who were martyred in the Pathankot terror attack.
The 30-year-old from Haryana put up another dominating show to knock out Hungary�s Alexander Horvath in under three rounds last night in what was to be a six-round contest.
�I dedicate this win to the martyrs of Indian Armed Forces during Jammu and Pathankot attacks,� said Vijender after the bout.
The bout against Horvath was Vijender�s first of the year after three successive knockout wins last year.
�I�m thrilled to get my fourth professional victory and excited for what the future holds for me. I�m happy to get another knockout win and really want to push on from here on with some big performances in 2016. I was better prepared for my fight this time because this fight was postponed for almost a month,� he said.
Talking about his opponent Horvath, who resorted to a bizarre routine of drinking snake blood before the bout, Vijender said by beating the Hungarian with ease, he has proved that while it�s easy to claim big, it is always tough to deliver through actions.
�I have proved my hard work in the ring, I know in professional boxing your opponents always engage you in war of words and they give you a lot of challenges as Horvath did, but my punches replied to him.
�I am happy my professional career is progressing in a positive manner and all the hard work I am doing with my trainers is giving me positive results,� he said.
Vijender also thanked the Indian diaspora here for turning up in numbers to support him.
�The support I have received from everyone here in Liverpool and back home in India has been absolutely phenomenal. My phone hasn�t stopped buzzing with messages of support from all around the world and I�m so grateful to all of my new fans,� he said. � PTI