Pro Boxing: Vijender’s promoter, Top Rank Bob Arum says ‘Boxing won’t be returning soon’

The Indian champion boxer Vijender Singh wait for his next Pro-fight will be little longer. The world’s biggest boxing promotion company Top Rank which also promotes the Indian has said that Pro-Boxing will take some time before it gathers itself from the menace of Covid19.
Top Rank Chair Bob Arum said that while MMA is set to resume with UFC 249 on April 18, boxing “will not be following suit anytime soon,” according to Case Keefer of the LAS VEGAS SUN. Arum said, “All the boxing promoters realize we’re in this together and we’ve got to cancel the events and keep them canceled until we get the all-clear from the governmental authorities.” Keefer notes at present, Top Rank’s schedule, which included a pair of title fights this month, “remains in limbo.” But Arum is “preaching patience to his stable of fighters,” understanding the “desperation from fighters to stay active, even in the midst of a global pandemic.” Keefer notes fighters, as independent contractors, “don’t get paid unless they perform, leaving many in a panic to make ends meet as bouts are canceled.” Regarding Fury-Wilder III, which was postponed late last month, Arum now “hopes that fight can take place in the fall instead, but thinks putting any firm timetable in place is a mistake”

India’s professional boxing star Vijender Singh, is still optimistic of resuming his currently on-hold career in the second half of the year. Unbeaten in the circuit with 12 wins, Vijender is contracted with Hall of Famer Bob Arum’s Top Rank Promotions in the US, which has been ravaged by the deadly outbreak with the death toll nearing 12,000.

“I was supposed to fight in May but that is cancelled for now because of the current situation. But I am hopeful things will improve and I will get to fight later in the year. I think it will work out,” the 34-year-old, who holds the distinction of being India’s first Olympic medallist in boxing, had told PTI.

“Obviously, I am at a loss but there is nothing that can be done. So, you just make peace with it and wait for things to normalise,” he added. The 34-year-old said he is continuing to train at home in Delhi to stay in shape. “I have everything at home to ensure that I don’t need to step out. I do my training on my own, which is not unusual because I have the luxury of a trainer only when I am in England,” he said.

Vijender’s trainer is Manchester-based Lee Beard, who joins him a few weeks before his fights. “The idea is to keep my body in shape for whenever the action resumes. I am doing it at home because in any case, you cannot move out,” he said.