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At a loss: Boxer Vijender admits coronavirus has affected his plan but hopes to fight by end of 2020

Planning has gone out of the window because of the coronavirus pandemic but hope is intact for India’s professional boxing star Vijender Singh, who is optimistic of resuming his currently on-hold career in the second half of the year.

Unbeaten on the circuit with 12 wins, Singh is contracted with Hall of Famer Bob Arum’s Top Rank Promotions in the US, which has been ravaged by the deadly outbreak with the death toll nearing 10,000.

“I was supposed to fight in May but that is cancelled for now because of the current situation. But I am hopeful things will improve and I will get to fight later in the year. I think it will work out,” said Singh, who holds the distinction of being India’s first Olympic medallist in boxing. “Obviously, I am at a loss but there is nothing that can be done. So, you just make peace with it and wait for things to normalise.”

The 34-year-old said he is continuing to train at home in Delhi to stay in shape. “I have everything at home to ensure that I don’t need to step out. I do my training on my own, which is not unusual because I have the luxury of a trainer…

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