Top Indian boxer Vikas Krishan has determined to revive his skilled profession within the US as a substitute of coaching on the nationwide camp in Patiala as he believes typical is simply not ok for a podium end at subsequent yr’s Tokyo Olympics.
Vikas is at the moment coaching in Bengaluru’s Inspire Institute of Sports (IIS) with one other skilled boxer and shut good friend Neeraj Goyat after being requested to depart NIS Patiala for alleged violation of COVID-19 quarantine norms, later deemed unintentional.
He has no plans of going again despite the fact that the Sports Authority of India (SAI) determined to permit him to return after an inquiry.
“I will continue training here (in Bengaluru). I have fallen into a rhythm and I don’t wish to disturb myself by once again taking the trip to Patiala. I don’t see the point,” Vikas, who’s coaching underneath American coach Ronald Simms on the IIS, instructed PTI in an interview over cellphone.
Asked concerning the controversy in Patiala, and Vikas supplied a philosophical take.
“I have never harmed anyone. I have made mistakes but the intent is only to do well for the country. I have never caused problems for anyone else. That’s all I have to say,” he mentioned.
The 28-year-old Haryana-lad is extra keen to speak about his plans to return to the US, the place he continues to have a contract with Hall of Famer Bob Arum’s Top Rank Promotions.
The welterweight (69kg class) boxer will compete within the 70kg division within the professional circuit.
“As soon as I manage to get a flight, I am going to the USA. I am in touch with Top Rank Promotions. They have promised to arrange fights for me and I hope to compete in 3-4 bouts before the Olympics,” he mentioned.
“That would help my Olympic chances more than anything else because it is in the pro circuit that I learnt the crucial lesson of not believing in luck. It is all about ability, there is nothing called luck,” added the previous world bronze-winner, who gained his two professional bouts earlier than returning to beginner circuit final yr.
The Asian Games and Commonwealth Games gold-winner will likely be making third Olympic look in Tokyo subsequent yr. He is probably the most skilled among the many 5 males who’ve made the lower thus far.
“I took a break from professional with due permission from my promoter to pursue my Olympic dream. Now that I have qualified, I will go back to pro to prepare myself,” he mentioned.
Talking of preparations, do High-Performance Director Santiago Nieva and nationwide coach C A Kuttappa know of his plans?
“They know and they are supportive. They know what I am capable of and they have encouraged me. I have also got immense support from Boxing Federation of India Executive Director R K Sacheti,” he mentioned.
Less than a yr away from his third Olympics, Vikas mentioned he has by no means loved boxing as a lot as he does now.
“If you watch me fight now, you can see the artistry. In my past two Olympics (2012 and 2016), I used to be bothered by pressure and expectations, not anymore. I fee free of that.
“This has made boxing very fulfilling for me. Earlier there was an factor of stress,” he explained.
His friend Neeraj, also a pro boxer, has been a constant in his life for the past few years and Vikas said he is grateful for the support.
“I do not suppose I will do as a lot for him as he has completed for me. He has come to coach with me, help me each time I’ve requested him,” he said.
Amid the strenuous preparations, has he factored in the COVID-19 mayhem, the one which forced the Olympics to be postponed and which still is a threat to the Games going ahead even next year.
“I’m destined to win an Olympic medal. Olympics will occur as a result of God cannot be so merciless to me. I do know that,” asserted the boxer.