Heavweight legends Muhammad Ali and Sonny Liston were two of the greatest ever exponents of the sweet science of boxing.
So who better to help finesse your ring craft with?
That is certainly the opinion of veteran Indian boxer Vikas Krishan, who sealed his Tokyo Olympics berth at the Asian boxing Olympic qualifiers in March earlier this year.
Krishnan has revealed that he studies the bouts of Ali and Liston to hone his skills.
“I have been watching Ali and Liston’s bouts. I have been trying to learn from these greats,” said Vikas Krishan during an online interaction with Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju.
“I’m also becoming mentally stronger. We also want to become like them. If we get the right support, we’ll not just do well in the Olympics, but can also become champions in the professional circuit,” added the Indian boxer, who will feature at the Olympics for the third consecutive time next year.
Currently at home due to the coronavirus outbreak, Vikas Krishan’s training has been limited in his efforts to be prepared and stay fit.
The sports ministry had earlier said that the authorities were working towards allowing athletes who have qualified for the Olympics to join a camp, with the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) assessing its options, to stay prepared for the Games next year.
Thinking out of the box
Nevertheless, Vikas Krishan has found a way to ensure his training is a little more than basic.
With no punching bag at his home, Vikas Krishan has been using his father to hold up his punching pad.
And the 28-year-old Asian Games and Commonwealth Games medallist wants the future generation of Indian boxers to think out of the box as well.
“The problem with us is that even the experienced boxers rely completely on the schedule prepared by their coaches,” Vikas Krishan told Firstpost.
Asking to follow his learning style, Vikas Krishan urged the emerging boxers to observe what the best athletes are doing and strategize what is best for themselves.
“I urge young boxers to not be blind. They should have a mind of their own. They should look at what world champions are doing. These days you get all the information online, so why not make full use of it?” the pugilist reasoned.