Indian boxer Vikas Krishan set for a training stint in the USA

The Sports Authority of India has approved a month-long training programme for the Bhiwani boxer in Virginia.

By Naveen Peter

A few months after Indian boxer Vikas Krishan expressed his desire to resume his professional training in the USA, the Sports Authority of India (SAI) has granted his wish.

On Wednesday, the SAI said, “Tokyo Olympics quota winner and boxer Vikas Krishan’s request to train in the USA as part of his preparations for Olympics was approved.”

The two-time Olympian will head to the USA later this week with his coach Ron Simms Jr and will train at the Alexandria Boxing Club in Virginia till November 30.

Though it’s a rarity to see an Olympic-bound athlete leave the national camp, Santiago Nieva, the High-Performance Director of the Indian boxing team believed that the exposure will come in handy. 

“It will be a very good experience for Vikas. He’s been in the national team for so many years and for him, it is a good time for him to go and do a little bit different,” Nieva said in a statement released by SAI.

“After he comes back, we will focus on the camps and different tournaments for the Olympic-style boxing ahead of the Tokyo Olympics.”

Vikas Krishan, who competes in the welterweight (69kg) category, sealed his berth for the Tokyo Olympics at the Asian Olympic Boxing qualifications in March in Jordan.

The 28-year-old Krishan had turned pro in 2018 and has won both bouts he’s competed in. 

While his debut win came over American Steven Andrade, a technical knockout in just over two minutes, the Indian pugilist beat Noah Kidd on a unanimous verdict at the Madison Square Garden for his second victory.

Vikas Krishan, however, chose to return to the amateur circuit soon after to chase his Olympic dream with eyes firmly set on the gold at the Tokyo Games.

With a bronze at the 2018 Asian Games, gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and fine show at the Olympic qualifiers, the boxer from Bhiwani has established himself as a serious medal contender in Tokyo.