By SUNIL Sonkar
Guangzhou, November 27 — It was a golden finish by Indian boxing’s poster boy Vijender Singh. In 75kg, he pummeled Abbos Atoev, the two-time world champion, into submission with a commanding 7-0 triumph on Friday at Guangzhou (China) in the 16th Asian Games.
25-year-old Vijender Singh, also called the Indian David Beckham for his good looks, lost in the semi-final of Commonwealth Games held in New Delhi last month. Earlier, in 2008 Olympic, Vijender grabbed the bronze medal.
Last night, two other Indian finalists were beaten of boxing action. Santosh Kumar lost to Daniyar Yeleussinov of Kazakhstan by 16-1 and Manpreet Singh by Mohammad Ghossoun of Syria by 8-1 in the heavyweight.
Vijender Singh said later that his next aim to the win gold medal in Olympic Games 2012 going to be held in London.
Singh’s coach said, “At the end of the first round itself, he immediately told us that he had hurt his left thumb and he was in deep pain. The most important thing at the moment was not to allow his morale to sag. We just kept boosting his confidence and told him not to show any signs for the opponent camp to sense anything was amiss.”
Later, x-rays revealed the boxer had suffered dislocation of the thumb’s base part.
Delighted Vijender said, ““I am very happy to win in China. I used my height and reach to good advantage. It’s a dream come true after the disappointment at the Commonwealth Games for which I had prepared very hard.”