Vikas Krishan wants to train in US to bolster pro career

The 28-year-old Olympian and Commonwealth champion feels training conditions in India are not good enough for professional boxing

By Subhayan Dutta

With all international events and Olympic qualifiers postponed, ace Indian boxer and Olympian Vikas Krishan is seeking a return to professional boxing by late August.

The 28-year-old pugilist sealed his third consecutive Olympic berth at the Asian boxing qualifiers in Jordan shortly before sporting activities came to a halt in March due to the coronavirus. Since then, Krishan has since been training at home in Bhiwani, Haryana.

Though India’s Home ministry allowed sports complexes and stadiums to open almost a month back, the long-proposed boxing camp at NIS Patiala has been indefinitely postponed due to logistical issues.

Vikas Krishan believes that this absence of amateur boxing training, although understandable, is affecting his pro-boxing ambitions nevertheless.

"If there are no camps, my preparations for pro-boxing will never take off,” Vikas Krishan told the Firstpost website.

“I need the right environment to train, which is something that cannot be replicated at home,” the middleweight boxer added.

Pro-circuit training springboard to amateur success

It was in 2018 when Vikas Krishan had decided to turn pro and has since won two professional bouts - the first one through knockout and the second via unanimous decision.

Krishan has credited his professional circuit training for his brilliant comeback in amateur boxing, which made him better equipped to face opponents in the Olympic qualification tournament this time.

"Professional boxing has helped me a lot in winning the quota place. I was able to defeat the Asian number three 5-0," Vikas Krishan told Times of India.

"I had won the Olympics quota in 2012 and 2016 as well, but this time professional boxing helped me a lot as my confidence level was altogether at a different level.

“So that is why I want to go back to professional boxing,” the Asian Games and Commonwealth Games gold medallist reasoned.

Though Vikas Krishan still needs to train himself to get back to his optimal level before throwing his hat in the professional ring, the status of international flights in America has also been a hindrance for him.

"My manager has spoken to American promoters and I have been told they are currently going ahead with 'America first' strategy,” Vikas Krishan said.

“So when international flights resume then they can think about other countries," he added.