Vikas shouldn’t be being brash or cocky. The 29-year-old is a first-rate medal contender for India, and the Tokyo Video games can be his third consecutive Olympics. He can be competing within the 69kg class.
In London in addition to Rio, nevertheless, Vikas fell quick and couldn’t return with a medal. In 2012, a 20-year-old Vikas had gained his preliminary bout in opposition to USA’s Errol Spence, solely to see the consequence being overturned in just a few hours. 4 years later in Rio, he fell one step away from successful a medal, shedding within the quarterfinal.
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This time he has unfinished enterprise to take care of. “That is my final Olympics. I’ve nothing to lose. I’ll punch them onerous this time, my opponents will really feel it. I got here shut (in 2012 and 2016), however what to do? Perhaps God needed me to attend a bit longer,” stated Vikas.
“There’s a clean in my profession and I wish to fill it with an Olympic medal. That’s the one factor lacking,” he provides. “I’m going to point out the world how boxing is an artwork.”
Krishan is a three-time Asian Video games medallist, having gained gold in 2010 and bronze in 2014 and 2018. The 29-year-old has additionally bagged three Asian Championship medals, together with one silver (2015) and two bronze medals (2017 and 2021). There’s a World Championships bronze (2011) too in his trophy cupboard. He additionally gained gold on the 2018 Commonwealth Video games.
In November 2018, Vikas had turned professional, solely to return to the novice fold a yr later with the purpose to win a medal in Tokyo. In reality, he fought two professional boxing bouts in america and managed to stay undefeated in them. The second bout was on the iconic Madison Sq. Backyard.
Because the time he has come again to India, Vikas has hardly frolicked along with his spouse and children, who’re in Hisar, Haryana. All his energies have been channelised in direction of his coaching. “These (not spending time at residence) are small sacrifices one has to make,” says Vikas. “There’s a bigger image and that’s to win an Olympic medal.”
The world of professional boxing is reduce throat. One has to combat 12 rounds and the punches are onerous. Vikas believes his expertise within the professional circuit will maintain him in good stead on the Olympics. “I’ve fought with actually robust boxers (within the skilled circuit). I’ve gained in opposition to them. I’ve battled for 10 rounds, 12 rounds and that has elevated my will to win.
“My stamina and endurance degree has elevated by leaps and bounds. Health clever, I’m in the perfect situation of my life. My punches are simpler, faster and carry extra weight and energy. Fights in professional boxing are a lot more durable and likewise very dangerous. By dangerous, I imply there may be danger to life. The gloves that boxers use in skilled boxing are very small and the padding is minimal. It’s basically like a bare-handed road combat that has guidelines. There are occasions if you end up on the receiving finish of a tough punch, you get completely dazed.”
Vikas claims that everybody will get to see an up to date model of him in Tokyo. It will likely be Vikas 2.0. What’s going to be the distinction then?
“My coaching throughout my days in professional boxing was so robust that it has made me rather a lot stronger. In skilled boxing, it’s a must to harm your opponent, solely then he’s going to cease. I can guarantee you that within the 69kg class there are only a few to match my energy. If I hit a strong punch, it’ll be vastly detrimental for my opponent. My pace and motion contained in the ring has additionally elevated significantly.
“I’ve additionally strengthened my defence. Earlier, I simply used to dam my opponent’s punches. Now I can flip and usher in different defensive maneuvers. The onlooker is having fun with watching my bout. Mai bachaunga aur phir maarunga (I’ll first defend after which I’ll go for the kill).”
Giving an attention-grabbing anecdote about his “now elevated energy”, Vikas stated, “Throughout the Olympic qualifiers in Amman (Jordan), I used to pad with the coaches earlier than going for any bout or throughout my observe sparring classes. Santiago (Nieva), our director, used to ice his arms within the night time. He advised me ‘I can deal with the punches of others, however yours may be very highly effective’. Kuttappa coach (males’s head coach), who frequently spars with me, stated to me ‘your punches are going to harm folks and so they gained’t be capable of stand up once more’.”