Buoyed by a knockout start to his professional career, Indian boxer Vijender Singh will be up against Dean Gillen in his second bout here tomorrow in front of an audience which will not just have boxing aficionados but also Hollywood executives exploring his potential as a movie star.
Vijender, who notched up a Technical Knockout against Sonny Whiting in his debut fight last month, will take on British boxer Gillen, a part-time fire-fighter, in a four-round contest.
The 30-year-old from Haryana is no stranger to the movie world having already starred in the Bollywood film ‘Fugly’ and has also appeared on the reality TV show MTV Hero Roadies X2.
“I’m very excited by Vijender and his potential and we’re looking forward to seeing him up close on Saturday night and taking it from there. I’ve only seen his first fight and being a boxing fan, that was something special and some of my close associates also mentioned it,” the executive, who preferred anonymity for the time being, was quoted as saying in a statement issued by Vijender’s promoters IOS.
“He’s got a special commanding presence and aura about him in the ring, likes he’s the king of the ring, and I think that it could transfer onto screen, who knows, we just want to see him on Saturday first and we’re hoping for another exciting performance,” he added.