Vikas confident of winning a medal in new weight category

first_imgVikas Krishan Yadav is confident that he will return with a medal from the South Korean cityJust at the age of 19, boxer Vikas Krishan Yadav emerged as a surprise winner at the 2010 Asian Games. He won the title in the 60kg category and gave the nation one of the two boxing gold medals in the continental event after a gap of 12 years.A bronze medal at the 2011 World Championships, only second for India, was another testimony of his growing stature. A controversial defeat in the last 16 round of the 2012 Olympics, where judges reversed the decision after he was declared the winner, was a real heartbreak for him.At a time, when he could have achieved more laurels in boxing, he focused on his ‘future’ and joined the training of deputy superintendent of police with Haryana Police. It kept him off the ring for one-and-ahalf years, and he joined the national camp as late as January this year.His attempt to make a comeback to the national team failed when he suffered a cut on eye during the trials of the 2014 Commonwealth Games and was ruled out. In Incheon, a short-on-competition Vikas will compete in a new weight category – 75kg.He is not sure of repeating his 2010 Asiad performance, but he is confident that he will return with a medal from the South Korean city.”In the last two years, I got married, had a child and completed my police training. All these things kept me busy. My intense boxing training began only after I joined the national camp. “In Incheon, I will try my level best, and I am sure I will return with a medal,” he told MAIL TODAY.advertisementThough he has been away from boxing, expectations of fans will be high since he has proved his mettle and playing in a weight category, in which ace boxer Vijender Kumar achieved most of his success. The likes of Zhanibek Alimkhanuly, the 2013 Asian and the World champion from Kazakhstan, may be his biggest roadblocks on path to a medal in Incheon.”Asian Games are always tough, but I still won gold last time. There will be some of world’s finest boxers to beat me over there. But if I think too much about them, I may get overawed and put pressure on me. Focusing only on training and bouts can take me to my aim,” he said.The Bhiwani boxer added: “I have watched some of the bouts of my potential opponents, but then again, it’s better to sweat it out in the ring than be obsessed with the power of your opponents. A lot will depend on the draw also,” he said. Vikas has often drawn criticism for being too defensive during his bouts including the 2010 Asiad final triumph. If the current lot of boxers, and coaches are to be believed, the scoring system favours the attacking boxers.But Vikas is determined to stick to defensive mode and says it’s the skill, not the style, which wins one a bout.”Defence is my natural style and I can’t give it up. I believe it’s always the power of your punch, and not the style, that wins you a bout. I will stick to my natural style in Incheon also,” he said.Vikas also supported his good friend Manoj Kumar, who was ignored by the ministry for Arjuna award in boxing. “I strongly believe Manoj was the most deserving boxer for Arjuna award this year. Since the High Court has directed the awards committee to reconsider Manoj’s case, I pray he gets the award,” said the [email protected]last_img

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