Indian sensation Vijender Singh has the talent to become a world champion in the future, feels his pro boxing trainer Lee Beard. The Indian pugilist, who has won six out of six bouts as a pro, gets set to take on an unannounced opponent for the WBO Asia title in New Delhi in July.
Beard, who has worked with Floyd Mayweather Sr in the past, has been the one who has prepared the 2008 Olympics bronze medallist to transform from a decorated amateur boxer to a ferocious pro boxer.
"I have trained a lot of boxers but his talent is outstanding from others. He has all the skills to be a world champion," the British boxing trainer has been quoted as saying by the Press Trust of India.
Commenting on Vijender's TKO (technical knockout) victory against Poland's Andrzej Soldra in his sixth pro boxing fight on Friday, Beard said it was an outstanding achievement by the Indian as he took the fight just less than two weeks after defeating Matiouze Royer in his fifth pro bout.
"If you take into consideration, he only boxed two weeks ago, it was a great performance, it's difficult to fight so close like that in the profession ranks," Beard mentioned.
Vijender has won all his fights as a pro boxer via KO/TKO and that according to Beard has been an impressive achievement. Praising the Indian's pace, movement, technical acumen and strength, the British trainer mentioned that if Vijender keeps his discipline and focus intact, he will be a world champion.
"I think Vijender is moving at a rapid pace, he's highly skilled and strong with world-class power. But he has the ability to outsmart his opponents and he is able to make the vital adjustments needed to win big fights. I think he'll be a world champion if he stays disciplined and focused," Beard continued. "His power is a big factor but he has a tremendous jab and he uses that real well."
Vijender, meanwhile, is looking forward to fight in his home town, come July. "It's going to be a huge change for Indian sports." Vijender told BoxNation ahead of his WBO Asia title bout. "This kind of event is new style, it's a new era. There's lots of cricket in India, but there's not been pro boxing.
"We're expecting a really good fight in Delhi; lots of people are excited and I'm excited! It's going to be great," he added.