Now Vijender Singh eyes the Commonwealth Middleweight pro belt

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Indian boxing star Vijender Singh will take on Briton Lee Markham for the Commonwealth Super Middleweight belt on July 13 in London in his quest for the third professional title.

“I will be competing for my third title on July 13 against Lee. I am training for it right now. The fight will take place in York Hall, London,” the unbeaten Indian pro boxer has reportedly said. The WBO Asia Pacific and Oriental titles holder is training in Manchester, UK, to maintain his winning streak.

His opponent Lee has 17 wins from 22 professional fights. The Beijing Olympics medallist Vijender to his credit has won all his 10 pro bouts till date, the last being six months ago when he successfully defended his twin titles against Ghana’s Ernest Amuzu in Jaipur.

“I had been waiting for the right time and this title fight is just the step I need to take in my professional career. It is a vacant title so there is nobody defending it. The fight will be under WBO, like my other two titles,” added Vijender.

Lee hasn’t competed since June last year when he lost to Joe Mullender in a clash for the English middleweight title. The Commonwealth title is lying vacant since January after reigning champion Rocky Fielding decided to vacate it in pursuit of the European belt in the same weight category.

“There was talk of fighting Rocky earlier but that didn’t work out because he didn’t want to fight for this same belt. So, now it is Lee,” Vijender said. Fielding would have been a formidable opponent for Vijender. He has lost only one fight in his 27 professional appearances till date.

Vijender continues to work with his British trainer Lee Beard, who has been his guide ever since he took the professional plunge back in 2015.