Vijender keen to grab last chance

It’s yesterday once more for Indian boxing’s pin-up boy Vijender Singh.

The 26-year-old, whose name was indelibly etched in the annals of Indian boxing’s history after the Beijing Olympics bronze medal in 2008, has not yet qualified for the July-August London edition.

A situation all too familiar for the dashing Haryana boxer.

“It’s the kind of time during which your mood fluctuates all the time. Sometimes you feel strongly motivated to do well and prove the naysayers wrong, sometimes very low about what will happen,” Vijender said in an interview.

The middleweight boxer lost in the opening round of the first Olympic Qualifying event -- last year’s World Championships in Azerbaijan -- which has left him with just one more chance to make the cut for the big event.

Before the Beijing Games too, Vijender had failed to qualify in two attempts but with his back against the wall, he didn’t just make the grade in the third and final qualifying event but also won a gold medal.

At the April qualifiers for London, the middleweight (75kg) category has four Olympic slots on offer.

“I know it’s my last chance to qualify but that’s ok. It doesn’t bother me as I am confident that I will make it. I will have to reach at least the semifinals to get the Olympic berth, I can do that,” said the strapping six-footer.

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