In what could only be called a level-up for the Indian poker community, unrivalled boxer Vijender Singh has joined hands with Pokerbaazi.com as Brand Ambassador on 22nd January, 2018.
Singh, born October 29th 1985, is an Indian professional boxer and currently holds the WBO (World Boxing Organization) Asia Pacific Super Middleweight as well as the WBO Oriental Super Middleweight titles. The association with the superstar puts poker more prominently on the maps as a mind sport based on talent and skill.
“As a sportsperson, it is always an honour for me to be part of campaigns or associate with brands that endeavour to promote sports in the nation. PokerBaazi is doing a great job of promoting poker in India and providing an online platform for Indians to play a game that they adore,” said Vijender. “I wish the very best to the brand and hope that more Indians join its growing community of online poker players,” he added.
In his early years, Vijender Singh’s talent was recognized by his coach Jagdish Singh at the Bhiwani Boxing Club in Haryana. After coasting through the Nationals, Vijender was picked to compete at International level competitions such as the 2004 Athens Summer Olympics and 2006 Commonwealth Games. He won the gold at the 2006 Asian Games held in Doha and also took home the first ever Olympic Medal for an Indian boxer at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics. He holds a professional record of 10 wins / 0 losses and 7 wins by KO.
“It gives me immense pleasure to welcome Vijender Singh on board as the brand ambassador of PokerBaazi.com. As a professional boxer, he has already won tremendous accolades for India in the past,” said Navkiran Singh, CEO of PokerBaazi. “His reputation as a serious sportsperson and champion will help us in promoting poker as a serious sport that only flourishes on sheer skill and talent. We look forward to a long term association together,” he added.
Vijender has not been shy to dab his feet in other activities too. He appeared on Bollywood actor Salman Khan’s game show ‘10 Ka Dum’ as well as the fourth season of the popular dance reality show ‘Nach Baliye’. He also made his debut as an actor in Bollywood in the form of ‘Fugly’, a comedy-drama film which also featured Jimmy Shergill.
Pokerbaazi was the first Indian poker website to sign on a celebrity brand ambassador in the form of Sunny Leone. The vogue continues with Vijender Singh, and the association with the sports star promises to create great opportunities for the growth of the sport in India.
PokerBaazi director Puneet Singh was thrilled, and stated “Vijender Singh is surely one of the most appropriate brand ambassadors PokerBaazi.com could have got. I am sure this collaboration will prove to be fruitful to the main agenda of PokerBaazi.com, which is promoting poker as a game of unmitigated skill and talent. The whole PokerBaazi.com family heartily welcomes the legendary boxer to the family”.
The boxing champion has traits of a true Baazigar, as PokerBaazi Marketing Director Varun Ganjoo rightly said “An Olympic medalist, Asian games Gold medalist, and unbeaten champion in Pro boxing – Vijender Singh is already a brand ambassador of the whole nation. We are absolutely overwhelmed to have him represent PokerBaazi.com. This association will help us in our endeavor to make poker one of the common mind sports played across India”.