Three-time Olympian and former world championships bronze medallist, Indian boxer Vikas Krishan Yadav has been one of the most consistent performers for his country over the past decade.
Born in the Singhwa Khas village of Haryana’s Hisar district, Vikas Krishan moved to the city of Bhiwani after his father, a state electricity department employee, was transferred there. Though Vikas Krishan was just two at the time, it was a turning point in his life.
Bhiwani is often called India’s mini-Cuba because of its proud boxing heritage and the culture soon rubbed off on the young Vikas. He joined the Bhiwani Boxing Club when he was 10 and later moved to Pune to train at the Army Sports Institute.
Vikas Krishan burst onto the international scene in 2010, winning the lightweight gold medal at the world youth championships in Baku and the bronze at the Youth Olympics in Singapore.
Later in the same year, Vikas Krishan, then just 18, won his first major senior title after clinching the 2010 Asian Games gold in the 60kg category in Guangzhou, China.
“I’m a thinking fighter, my confidence does not come from my strength or size, it comes from my belief that I can out-think the person I’m fighting.”
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