Vijender Singh links with Freddie Roach, US debut set for Loma v Crolla
Indian boxing sensation and undefeated super middleweight contender Vijender Singh is set to begin the next phase of his career with a new trainer — Hall of Famer Freddie Roach — in his corner.
The 33-year-old Singh recently relocated his training base to Southern California to work with Roach. Singh’s new mentor is a 2012 International Boxing Hall of Fame (IBHOF) inductee.
Singh will make his ring return Friday, April 12 at Staples Center in a scheduled eight-round bout. The contest will take place on the Vasiliy Lomachenko-Anthony Crolla undercard against an opponent to be named.
His bout will stream live in the United States on ESPN+ and will be featured on the undercard broadcast, which begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.
“I am thrilled to start my training under such a legendary figure in world boxing,” Singh said. “It’s a great honor for me to train with Freddie, who has already trained the likes of so many world champion boxers.
“Professional boxing in the United States is of the highest level, and I believe Freddie is the right guy to bring the best out of me.
“I look forward to showing the boxing fans a new and improved Vijender Singh. I know that with Freddie’s guidance, I can become a world champion.”
“Vijender has the talent and the dedication to become a world champion,” Roach said. “He has a great amateur background. He has a style that will give any super middleweight in the world problems. And power in both hands.”
“Vijender represents the most populous country in the world,” said Top Rank chairman Bob Arum. “We believe that with Freddie in his corner, Vijender will become a major star. He’ll open up the great country of India to boxing.”
Singh (10-0, 7 KOs), one of India’s most revered sporting figures, became the first Indian boxer to capture an Olympic medal when he took bronze at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He has not fought since a unanimous decision win over Ernest Amuzu on Dec. 23, 2017, in Jaipur, India.
The ex-amateur star will be making his American debut on April 12.
No Indian boxer has ever won a professional world title. Singh, with Roach in his corner, hopes to make history yet again.