A birthday gift to his son from Vijender

A birthday gift to his son from Vijender

A birthday gift to his son from Vijender

A swollen face, a ligament injury in the left hand and a terribly groggy throat courtesy a bout of flu — Vijender Singh fought through all this to get a near-perfect birthday present for his son — a Commonwealth Games silver medal.

The former middleweight world number one lost to England’s Antony Fowler in the final on Saturday night to settle for his second silver medal in the Commonwealth Games. 

“I sustained an injury very soon into the bout. It is a ligament injury in the left hand. It hampered me immensely and allowed him to get the upperhand but I feel I still managed to put up a decent fight in the last round,” the 28-year-old told PTI.

“Trust me, the pain is quite a lot to take when you are constantly getting hit. The injury made me a little conscious also and that affected my overall plan. This morning, I woke up with a swollen face and my left hand is hurting badly,” he said. That’s not all, the former Olympic and World Championships bronze-medallist was also down with flu since the quarterfinal stage of the Games.

“I was taking a paracetamol pill before every bout. But that is no excuse, I lost and that’s a disappointing fact but I am happy that I fought well despite not being physically 100 per cent,” said the strapping six-footer.

“It is my son’s birthday tomorrow, so this medal is for him. It’s his birthday present. A gold would have been better but even this silver, I dedicate it to him. He is my world,” added the boxer.

As for the injury that he has sustained, Vijender said he would consult doctors before taking a call on whether to give the September Asian Games a shot. Vijender is the defending gold-medallist at the event. “Let’s see, I can’t say right now whether I would participate or give it a miss. It will depend on what the doctors tell me. If my fitness is not upto it, I will not put myself at risk by pushing too hard,” he said.