Olympic bronze medallist Vijender Singh is all set to return to the ring for his first professional bout in over a year as he takes on Ghana’s Eliasu Sulley in the ‘Jungle Rumble’. The event will be streamed live on Voot, 6:30 pm onwards.
Fans can also catch the action on Viacom18’s Free-To-Air Hindi sports channel Sports18 Khel, 8:30 pm onwards, from the Balbir Singh Juneja Indoor Stadium in Raipur, Chhattisgarh on August 17. This is going to be Singh’s sixth bout in India and a much-awaited comeback.
The 36-year-old, who is the first Indian to bag an Olympic medal in boxing with a bronze in 2008, has a record of 12-1 with eight knockouts after turning professional in 2015. His unbeaten streak of 12 was broken during his last bout in Goa in March 2021. Organised in association with the state government of Chhattisgarh, this will be the first professional boxing event in Raipur.
Singh said, “I am really looking forward to this bout. I have worked really hard to train and prepare myself for the upcoming Jungle Rumble. I am ready to give my best and get my unbeaten streak back. Moreover, this is an opportunity for me to spread boxing and inspire a new generation of boxers. The more the sport grows, the more the Indian boxers will benefit. It will be entertaining for everyone, and through Voot and Sports18 Khel, we will certainly be able to reach a wider audience.”
The Jungle Rumble will also feature Faizan Anwar, Sachin Nautiyal, Karthik Satish Kumar, Ashish Sharma, Gurpreet Singh and Shaikhom Rebaldo in action besides the pro event of Singh.