Indian boxer Vikas Krishan, who competed in the 69kg weight division at Tokyo 2020, will be moving up to the 80kg category for the Paris 2024 Olympics.
The decision to switch came as Vikas Krishan’s pet 69kg category was scrapped from the Paris Olympics. The new men’s weight divisions at the upcoming Summer Games are 51kg, 57kg, 63.5kg, 71kg, 80kg, 92kg, +92kg.
Fellow Indian boxer Nikhat Zareen, who won the world championships gold medal in the women’s 52 kg (flyweight) category earlier this year, will also drop down to 50 kg for Paris 2024 owing to a similar reason.
Vikas Krishan had injured his shoulder at a preparatory camp ahead of the Tokyo Olympics and was eventually knocked out in the first round by Japan’s Quincy Okazawa at last year’s Summer Games. He underwent surgery after returning to India and has now regained his fitness.
“I sparred earlier this week and feel I have recovered fully,” the 30-year-old Vikas Krishan from Haryana, who won gold at Asian Games 2010 in Guangzhou and a bronze each from the following two editions, told the PTI.
“My focus now is to get back into the Indian team and become the first Indian boxer to win a fourth medal in the Asian Games,” the Indian boxer added.
Vikas Krishan, a world championships bronze medallist, also has a 2-0 win record in professional boxing. Vikas Krishan will also resume his career in the professional circuit.
He will train with pro boxers in Virginia, US, and then will likely fly to Mexico in the next few months to prepare for events.
“I was just waiting to recover. I have applied for the US visa and as soon as it arrives in 15-20 days I will leave,” Vikas Krishan, who also underwent training in the US before Tokyo 2020, said.
Vikas Krishan feels that the training will also help him in switching categories.
“I will compete in the 80kg for the Olympics. So, I want to fight with those boxers who have more experience and power than me,” Vikas Krishan said.
Vikas Krishan is a former youth world champion and a bronze medal-winner at the Youth Olympics. He also has multiple Asian Championships medals and a Commonwealth Games gold medal to his name. However, an Olympic medal still eludes one of India’s most successful men’s boxers.
“I want to go for five-six months (to the US and Mexico) so that I can get my body back into condition and come back into the mindset. And when you stay with champions you adopt the same mentality,” Vikas Krishan noted.