December 1, 2020

I’ve just one aim and that’s to win an Olympic gold: Vikas Krishan

As a boxer, Vikas Krishan Yadav resides two lives. Though his two lives are related in some ways, the variations are additionally sufficiently big to make his life tough. By the point he makes changes to settle in a single life, the opposite life begins demanding focus. And he can’t select one — not for subsequent one yr no less than .

Vikas, the 2018 Commonwealth Video games champion, forayed into skilled boxing early final yr and has been unbeaten in his two fights thus far. He then returned to the beginner fold in December and earned Olympic qualification in March this yr (solely second Indian boxer to qualify for 3 Olympics after Vijender Singh). Now that the 2020 Olympics have been postponed, he’s heading again to the skilled circuit within the USA.

“I’m up for my skilled bouts. Hopefully, I’ll go in September and battle in October and November after which I’ll return,” Vikas stated throughout a webinar to mark the second anniversary of the Encourage Institute of Sports activities (IIS).

This juggling between the 2 careers is hard.

“It’s very tough for me to modify from skilled to beginner as a result of they’re two very totally different sports activities,” the 2018 Asian Video games bronze medallist stated.

“Newbie boxing is about scoring (factors) {and professional} boxing is about hurting folks.

He stated it takes months to regulate your physique and recreation to go well with a specific model. After which you must elevate your recreation to the best degree to win bouts and tournaments.

“Final time it took me about 4-5 months to get again into beginner boxing mode. I competed in Olympic qualification tournaments,” Vikas stated.

“After that I’ve been in coaching for skilled boxing for 4 months. Now I’m totally prepared for skilled circuit.

“I’ll come again in January or February and I’ll have 6-7 months to prepare for the Olympics.”

However skilled boxing, he admitted, has helped him turn out to be a greater boxer.

“Some years again, the mindset of our boxers was that ‘we shouldn’t battle Cuba within the first spherical, we shouldn’t get Russia or another more durable nations within the first spherical’. After becoming a member of skilled boxing, my mindset has fully modified. Now I’m a totally totally different man. My mindset is ‘I’m going to beat whoever comes within the ring’. I’ve ready my unconscious thoughts to work for me. Now, my thoughts retains telling me that ‘you’ll beat that man, you’ll do it, that it’s straightforward’,” Vikas stated.

Whereas different beginner boxers are ready for the competitions to restart, skilled boxers, like Vikas, have already got their bouts scheduled. And that might be a bonus when Olympics come round.

“It’s a must to do some odd issues to get that the Olympic gold. You’ll be able to’t glide, like okay, you go within the camps, you don’t have any competitions — we don’t have any competitions until December-January. So skilled boxing will probably be excellent for me. It can give me much more help and confidence… like I’ve performed on the Madison Sq. Backyard, that’s a really large area. Now, when you must play within the large occasions Olympics, you don’t really feel that a lot stress,” Vikas stated.

Earlier in March, Vikas grew to become one of many 9 Indian boxers to have certified for the Tokyo Olympics, after shifting right down to 69kg weight class from 75kg.

The 28-year-old Vikas is at present coaching on the IIS in Bengaluru after the furore generated by his violation of the Covid-19 quarantine protocol forward of the nationwide camp in Patiala.

He feels that it is a bonus the he has already certified for the Tokyo Olympics and the postponement of the Video games has given him ample time to get totally prepared for a shot on the gold medal.

Vikas is among the many 9 Indian boxers who’ve made the minimize for the Tokyo Olympics.

“I’ve already certified for the Olympics. Drawback is for the blokes who haven’t but certified. Their first purpose is to qualify for the Olympics. As my first purpose is already accomplished, I’m completely centered on the Olympics,” Vikas, who moved to 69kg from 75kg,

“Final two occasions (2012 and 2016) I certified late, so I wasn’t in good condition to organize for the Olympics. Now I’ve just one aim remaining and that’s to win an Olympic gold. I’ve acquired sufficient time to organize and I’m engaged on it.”

India’s greatest Olympic efficiency in boxing has been the bronze medals received by Vijender Singh (2008, Beijing) and M C Mary Kom (2012, London).