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Vijender Singh Beniwal better known as Vijender Singh. Vijender Singh was born on 29 October 1985 to Mahipal Singh Beniwal and his wife Krishna Devi in a village named Kaluwas located not far from Bhiwani in Haryana, India. His father worked as a bus driver at Haryana Roadways. He has an elder brother. Singh’s family was poor and hence his father had to work extra hours in order to send him to school. He initially studied in a school in his village Kaluwas before enrolling at Happy Senior Secondary School located in Bhiwani. As a child, Vijender took up boxing following in the footsteps of his elder brother Manoj, who learnt the sport and even got employed with the Indian Army. He graduated from Vaish College but boxing was his original passion. Vijender became a keen boxer from an early age and before long he decided to take it seriously enough as a career option. To that end, he started practicing at the famous Bhiwani Boxing Club and in 1997 won a silver medal at a national level sub junior tournament and three years later won the gold medal at the Nationals.

 

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Career

The year 2003 was a breakthrough one as far as his career was concerned as Singh emerged the all-India youth boxing champion and later that year, he came into prominence after winning the gold medal at the Afro-Asian Games held in Hyderabad, India. The following year he represented India in the welterweight category at the Athens Olympics but he was knocked out in the initial rounds. At the 2006 Commonwealth Games held in Melbourne, Australia, Singh reached the final in his category but could not win the game and ended up winning the bronze medal. In the same year, he also won the bronze medal at the Asian Games held in Doha but during that tournament he participated in the middleweight category.

Singh went to Germany to train for the 2008 Beijing Olympics and prior to the big event he fared well at the President’s Cup boxing tournament. At the Beijing Olympics, Singh participated in the middleweight category and shared the bronze medal. In the process, he became the first boxer from India to win an Olympic medal. A year after his Olympic win Singh won another bronze medal at the World Amateur Boxing Championships and later that year became the number one in the International Boxing Association middleweight rankings. Vijender Singh won the gold medal at the Commonwealth Boxing Championship held in 2010 in New Delhi. At the Commonwealth Games that were held in New Delhi the same year, Singh lost in the semi final under controversial circumstances when he was docked 4 points for fouls to lose 3-4. He ended up winning the bronze medal. However, at the Asian Games there were no controversies as he won the Gold medal in the middleweight category.

At the London Olympics in 2012, Vijender Singh reached the quarter finals but could not win any medals. Two years later, Singh won the silver medal at the Commonwealth Games held at Glasgow, Scotland. The same year, he made an appearance in a Hindi film titled ‘Fugly’ but it wasn’t a success. Singh became the first Indian boxer to turn a professional in June 2015 and on 10th October he fought his first professional fight against British Sonny Whiting, whom he knocked out. Singh fought two more professional fights in the same year through knockouts to have a hundred percent record.

 

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Personal Life

Vijender Singh is married to Archana Singh and the couple has a son, Arbir Singh. Apart from boxing, Vijender has also become a media personality and a youth icon. He has participated in various fashion shows and also modeled for renowned brands in order to promote the sport of boxing in India. He also appeared in celebrity shows such as 10 Ka Dum, Nach Baliye as well as one of the judges on the MTV reality show Roadies X2.

 

Awards

2016:- WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight Championship

2009:- Padma Shri

2009:- Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna

2006:- Arjuna Award

 

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