While it was Vikas Krishan’s father who had enrolled him at a boxing academy, it was the pugilist’s strong-willed mother who kept him motivated throughout his difficult times.
The two-time Olympian, who has won medals at the World Asian Boxing Championships as well, revealed that it was his mother’s encouragement that gave him the killer instinct to be a successful boxer.
“Whenever I was too tired or too hurt, my mother made sure I didn't give up,” Vikas Krishan told Firstpost.
“Sometimes I used to come home bloodied and bruised, but she would never finch. Instead, she would say, 'it's okay to get hit, go ahead and hit back hard tomorrow'
“There were so many occasions when I thought of giving up and doing something else in life, but my mother never let that happen, and I am really grateful to her for that,” the 28-year-old added.
The welterweight boxing star, who started boxing as a 10-year-old because his father wanted him to be strong, disclosed it took him time to overcome his early fears during his time at the Bhiwani Boxing Club.
“Initially, I was really scared of getting hit. Getting punched was very painful, and I had no one to go to,” he confessed.
“It took me a year to start enjoying boxing. Obviously, I used to get punched in the ring, but I felt better when I started counter-punching. Gradually, the killer instinct started to develop and I was fine,” he added.
Imbibing the boxing mindset
A gold medallist at both the Asian Games and the Commonwealth Games, boxing has always come naturally to Vikas Krishan.
Known as the ‘The Indian Tank’, Vikas Krishan signed a multi-year agreement with USA’s boxing promotional company Top Rank in 2018 and won his first two professional bouts.
He then decided to return to amateur boxing for one last go at the Olympics and sealed his third consecutive Olympic berth, through the Asian Boxing Olympic qualification tournament.
While Vikas Krishan believes that a fighter is born with a ‘killer instinct’, he also believes that a family plays a crucial role in shaping up a boxer’s mindset.
“It is natural for a kid to be scared and step back with the fear of getting hit. It's the job of the family to keep the kids' spirits up,” the 69kg category pugilist said.
“If I want my kids to take up boxing, I'll condition them gradually into the sport instead of imposing my will. I'll develop a curiosity about the sport,” he added.