30/05/2024

Tej Singh competes for the OPBF middleweight title on May 11 in South Korea - Image: Wildfighter/Facebook, Design: Theo Dimou

Of all of the superlatives used to describe Tej Singh (18-7-3-1, 8 KOs), the term ‘game’ has had a consistent presence in summations made about the 37 year old.

Throughout a career spanning over a decade, the former Australian champion has taken on a vast array of challenges across all levels of boxing. Whether it be against a prospect, contender, journeyman or newcomer, his upbeat philosophical outlook on the sport stays the same.

As he gears up for his 30th professional outing, there is nothing to suggest that this attitude will change anytime soon, either. At the right time, with the right prize on the line, Singh will be there, ready and raring to clock-in and do what he’s done for over a decade.

“I’ve still got a lot of fight in me. That’s all I can say,” he told The Inner Sanctum.

“People say, we only grow old when we stop moving. If you’re moving, we don’t get old. That’s my philosophy. I’m only getting better.

“It’s the fight business. If a fight comes up and it does make sense, why back down? Whatever comes in, I’ll take it if it makes sense. Whether in Australia or anywhere.”

As a result, Singh will make his second trip to South Korea within a six month stretch to take on Japan’s Kazuto Takesako (16-1, 15 KOs) for the OPBF middleweight title on May 11.

Despite coming up short against Deok No Yun (8-1, 6 KOs) last November in Seoul, a bout contested for WBO regional title honours at super middleweight, the Indian-born fighter still carries a great deal of stoicism. Owed in part to a return to what he feels is his natural weight class, Singh also admits that there is a certain joy he gets from entering the ring.

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Simply put, he loves fighting. Win, lose or draw, he willingly battles on, free of any qualms.

“I’m just going with the flow. In my experience, whatever I’ve planned didn’t go through. I suppose that’s the case with most other people,” he said.

“I’m doing it for myself. People come along and I really appreciate the support and being behind me, but at the end of the day, it’s me over there. I do it because I feel happy doing it. 

“I got an opportunity to fight at middleweight, same place, so I took it.”

While his Japanese foe has scored stoppages in all but one of his 16 victories, Singh feels very little reason to worry. He has faced big punchers before, putting them through hard, dogged rounds and taking victory on more than one occasion.

Besides, when you’re underpinned by such positivity, why wouldn’t you brim with anything but confidence that history can repeat itself?

“I’ve had a bit of a look at him. He’s a good boxer and everything, but then again I’ve been all around, I’ve fought pretty much everyone. I know that whenever I go in there I bring the fight with me,” he said.

“It’s not going to be an easy night for him. I’ll definitely make it hell for him. That’s my prediction.”

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