Decorated English boxer Amir Khan has said that India’s Vijender Singh is scared to take on him. The Pakistan born England bound boxer is set to take on Neeraj Goyat in a Super Boxing League exhibition bout in Jeddah on July 12. The controversial boxer has expressed his desire to fight against the 2008 Olympic Bronze medallist in the much awaited encounter which has never been finalized.
To fight it out against an Indian boxer, Khan switched to welter weight category which guaranteed him a bout against Neeraj Goyat, who is the WBC Asia welterweight title holder and holds an impressive record of 11 wins and two loses in his professional career.
“I have always expressed my desire and tried to fight against Vijender but I think he is scared of me,” Amir said during the announcement of his bout “Shining Jewel” at the King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
“It was time an Indian boxer fight against a world champion and I am glad that Goyat has accepted the offer. What Vijender couldn’t do, Goyat will be doing,” the two times world champion said.
Amir is also the youngest British boxer to win an Olympic medal. The 31-year-old won a silver at 2004 Athens Olympics in the lightweight category before turning professional. He holds an impressive record of 33 wins and 5 loses in his professional career.
An update about Vijender Singh
Singh unsuccessfully contested from South Delhi constituency in the recently concluded general elections from the ticket of Indian National Congress(INC). He lost to the eventual winner and sitting MP from the seat- Ramesh Bidhuri of BJP and Aam Aadmi Party’s Raghav Chadha to claim the third spot.
The Bhiwani lad last competed in a professional bout way back on 23rd December 2017 against a much fancied Ernest Amuzu of Ghana. The 2008 Olympic bronze medallist didn’t left any stones unturned and thumped Amuzu in a 10 round bout by a unanimous decision at Sawai Mansingh stadium in Jaipur.
Vijender failed to land a fight in 2018 and later went onto sign a multiyear deal with America’s Top rank promoters on 20 November 2018 and is currently training in the United States of America. He was expected to make his US debut in April 2019 but an eye injury during the training session delayed his much awaited debut.