Upgraded Vikas Krishan programmed for Olympic gold

The Indian boxer believes he has improved significantly since Rio 2016.

By Utathya Nag ·

Get ready for Krishan 2.0.

Indian boxer Vikas Krishan is confident of bettering his quarter-final run from the Rio 2016 Olympics in the upcoming Tokyo Games and has his fists firmly trained for gold.

“This is a totally different version of Vikas (Krishan) Yadav. Just like the software operating systems get upgraded, I have also upgraded myself as a boxer and competitor in the last few years,” the pugilist told the WION website in an interview.

Vikas Krishan has already booked his ticket for Tokyo 2020 courtesy a silver medal finish at the Asian Boxing Olympic Qualifiers held in Jordan in March.

While the COVID-19 pandemic situation has somewhat disrupted his preparations for the big stage, the boxer is positive that he will be in top shape by the time the main event gets underway in Tokyo next year.

“Up until the Olympic qualifiers, I felt I was in top form and was the best version of myself as an athlete. Because of the break, I have lost a little bit of physical fitness, but I am confident I will be able to get in shape once the national camp resumes,” he stated with confidence.

“The best thing for me is that I have already secured a quota for the Olympics and I have 14 months to prepare for the games,” he added.

Olympic gold – the mark for Vikas Krishan

All set to become only the second Indian male boxer – after Vijender Singh - to represent India in three Olympics, Vikas Krishan has no plans to settle for anything less than gold in his third attempt.

“It's not merely a dream, I am going to win the Olympic gold medal and I will settle for nothing less than that, nothing can stop me,” he declared.

“If I am not able to achieve the feat, I will live in regret for the rest of my life and keep dwelling on 'what could have been',” he declared. “It will drive me crazy. 

“I will not leave any stone unturned for the Olympics.”

Till date, Vijender Singh’s bronze at the 2008 Beijing Olympics in China has been the best showing by any Indian male pugilist at the Games. It is also the only Olympic medal for India in men’s boxing.

Vikas Krishan, however, believes his structured training and the additional confidence garnered from his pro boxing stint has prepared him well to add to the tally.

“All my coaches and peers have noticed a considerable improvement and I feel that I have elevated my game. 

“Boxing is an art, which includes defence and attack, I feel I have been successful in executing that art form recently,” noted the 28-year-old.