Vijender Singh returns to the ring

Boxer Vijender Singh began training in May after being on the sidelines for over three months since his name figured in relation to a drug haul in March. When Vijender decided to stay away from the National camp at Patiala and join the camp at Sonepat last month, coach Kutappa was the first to notice the drop in fitness.  Back from the wild
Boxer Vijender Singh began training in May after being on the sidelines for over three months since his name figured in relation to a drug haul in March. When Vijender decided to stay away from the National camp at Patiala and join the camp at Sonepat last month, coach Kutappa was the first to notice the drop in fitness.
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Apart from the obvious disadvantage of not having followed a regular fitness regimen, Vijender will also have to grapple with other changes.   The boxer is contemplating moving to a higher weight category, from the 75 kg to the 81 kg, a move perhaps to cover for his weight gain.Back from the wild
Apart from the obvious disadvantage of not having followed a regular fitness regimen, Vijender will also have to grapple with other changes.
The boxer is contemplating moving to a higher weight category, from the 75 kg to the 81 kg, a move perhaps to cover for his weight gain.Back from the wild
There is also the influx of professional boxers into the Olympic fold that Vijender will have to contend with. The world boxing body has been on a drive to professionalise boxing  they have even advised national federations to drop 'amateur' from their names  and close to 40 percent of the quota for 2016 Rio Olympics will be through the AIBA professional boxing (APB) and also the World Series of Boxing.Back from the wild
There is also the influx of professional boxers into the Olympic fold that Vijender will have to contend with. The world boxing body has been on a drive to professionalise boxing they have even advised national federations to drop 'amateur' from their names and close to 40 percent of the quota for 2016 Rio Olympics will be through the AIBA professional boxing (APB) and also the World Series of Boxing.Back from the wild
Former world number four heavyweight boxer and India's first professional boxer Raj Kumar Sangwan believes that Vijender's speed will be suited to the new 10-round format. "Vijender definitely has the speed advantage. Boxers, who move from lower to heavier weight categories always do well and his height is good too. He should give himself time and target the Olympics and not CWG and Asian Games," says Sangwan.Back from the wild
Former world number four heavyweight boxer and India's first professional boxer Raj Kumar Sangwan believes that Vijender's speed will be suited to the new 10-round format. "Vijender definitely has the speed advantage. Boxers, who move from lower to heavier weight categories always do well and his height is good too. He should give himself time and target the Olympics and not CWG and Asian Games," says Sangwan.Back from the wild
First up though, Vijender will have to put his immediate past behind. "It was a difficult phase for me but I have put it behind. People still talk about it but my job is to box and that is what I am doing. A friend suggested I train here in Sonepat and yes, I do miss the national camp but I wanted a change. Maybe, in two months' time, I will be back to the national camp in NIS," Vijender told The Indian Express.Back from the wild
First up though, Vijender will have to put his immediate past behind. "It was a difficult phase for me but I have put it behind. People still talk about it but my job is to box and that is what I am doing. A friend suggested I train here in Sonepat and yes, I do miss the national camp but I wanted a change. Maybe, in two months' time, I will be back to the national camp in NIS," Vijender told The Indian Express.Back from the wild
The only way he can cope with criticism, Vijender says, is in the ring. "The same thing happened after 2010 CWG when I lost in the semifinals. People were criticizing me. But I won the Asian Games title. I have still a lot of boxing left in me. What people forget is that I am a boxer. And I will continue boxing till my body allows." (IE Photo: Ravi Kanojia) Back from the wild
The only way he can cope with criticism, Vijender says, is in the ring. "The same thing happened after 2010 CWG when I lost in the semifinals. People were criticizing me. But I won the Asian Games title. I have still a lot of boxing left in me. What people forget is that I am a boxer. And I will continue boxing till my body allows." (IE Photo: Ravi Kanojia) Back from the wild
The 30-odd trainees at the boxing centre at the Sports Authority of India, Sonepat, are busy landing blows on punching bags as the evening session commences. But the continuity of the regimen is broken when Vijender Singh arrives at the boxing hall. Some of the junior boxers stop their drill and wait for Vijender to pass. (IE Photo: Ravi Kanojia)Back from the wild
The 30-odd trainees at the boxing centre at the Sports Authority of India, Sonepat, are busy landing blows on punching bags as the evening session commences. But the continuity of the regimen is broken when Vijender Singh arrives at the boxing hall. Some of the junior boxers stop their drill and wait for Vijender to pass. (IE Photo: Ravi Kanojia)Back from the wild
Shortly after Vijender starts skipping, he is joined by fellow boxers Jai Bhagwan, Praveen Kumar and coach Kutappa. The absence of Dinesh Kumar Sangwan, who is in the Indian team for the Asian Boxing Championship, has meant that Vijender will train along with +91kg boxer Praveen Kumar. (IE Photo: Ravi Kanojia)Back from the wild
Shortly after Vijender starts skipping, he is joined by fellow boxers Jai Bhagwan, Praveen Kumar and coach Kutappa. The absence of Dinesh Kumar Sangwan, who is in the Indian team for the Asian Boxing Championship, has meant that Vijender will train along with +91kg boxer Praveen Kumar. (IE Photo: Ravi Kanojia)Back from the wild
Once he stops skipping, Vijender takes a look at his reflection in the mirror. What he would have seen is a boxer who is not at his peak. (IE Photo: Ravi Kanojia) Back from the wild
Once he stops skipping, Vijender takes a look at his reflection in the mirror. What he would have seen is a boxer who is not at his peak. (IE Photo: Ravi Kanojia) Back from the wild
Boxing at the 2012 London Olympics, he beat Danabek Suzhanov of Kazakhstan 14-10 in the first round of men's middle-weight 75 kg category, to advance to the round of 16 of the games. He then edged out American Terrell Gausha 1615 to win the pre-quarter finals bout. He lost to Abbos Atoev of Uzbekistan in quarter final with a score of 1317. The experienced pugilist would look to return to peak at the earliest. (IE Photo: Ravi Kanojia)Back from the wild
Boxing at the 2012 London Olympics, he beat Danabek Suzhanov of Kazakhstan 14-10 in the first round of men's middle-weight 75 kg category, to advance to the round of 16 of the games. He then edged out American Terrell Gausha 1615 to win the pre-quarter finals bout. He lost to Abbos Atoev of Uzbekistan in quarter final with a score of 1317. The experienced pugilist would look to return to peak at the earliest. (IE Photo: Ravi Kanojia)Back from the wild

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