Indian boxer Vikas Krishan has set his aspirations higher and will be satisfied only after winning gold for the country. The player is confident after his victory in the pre-quarterfinals against Onder Sipal of Turkey in the men’s 75kg middleweight bout with 3-0.A� His aim is to win from Uzbek Bektemir Melikuziev A�A�who according to him the biggest challenge and might be a hindrance in his endeavour.
The past holds that Melikuziev, a former Youth Olympics and Youth World champion in 2014 and 2015 Doha World Championship silver medallist, Melikuziev had beaten Vikas at Asian Championship in Thailand last year.A� He sure has power and stamina as he is young but lags behind in height advantage from the Indian player. Vikas who has worked hard to improve his from last year is confident to knock down Melikuziev.
Vikas has got his rhythm and form with his training under personal coach Jagdeep Hooda. He will take on the challenge on atA�7pmA�local timeA�August 15 with a fresh mind and will strategize only on the day of the bout. Till then he will relax and spend time with his friends and coach to keep his mind fresh and will also try to keep tension at bay.
He has expressed his happiness in a statement as,”Overall, I’m very satisfied, this win was better than the last one (American Charles Conwell). I had defeated the same guy in the 2011 Baku World Championships.” National coach Gurbaksh Singh Sandhu has praised his performance stating, “The idea was to start off well with some jabs and then land blows on the body. We were successful. Vikas played intelligently in second round and dominated. He clinched in close range in the third round.”
Vikas has also raised concern about the bad publicity by media which had reported that he would be disqualified as the code for the country a�?IND a�� was missing from his jersey. The player cleared the air that as per the officials it could be done anytime and there was no disqualification. He has urged the media not to project a negative image of the Indian players.