Vijender Singh’s move in the professional boxing has certainly inspired others to take up their game to next level. Many Olympian boxers like Jitender and Akhil Kumar have allready turned professional, following them will be senior boxer Vikas Krishan who said today that he will turn professional by the end of this year, putting into action a plan he originally wanted to implement after the 2016 Rio Olympics.
According to a report by PTI, Vikas said that he is fully prepared to go ahead with his long-held ambition, after confirming a medal in ongoing Gold Coast CWG.
“I have made up my mind, I am turning professional at the end of this year. I will be holding discussions with the federation and I am hopeful that they would be supportive. I don’t wan to do anything which they resent,” the middle-weight 75kg category boxer said.
The Bhiwani boxer has some coveted milestones to his name like an Asian Games gold medal, a world championships bronze medal, Asian Championships silver and bronze and a quarterfinal finish at the Olympics.
He had spoken about turning professional after the Rio Games but changed his plans when he could not secure a medal.
“This time, I am quite sure about it. I think this is right time because Olympics is no longer off-limits for professional boxers and that takes care of my dream of an Olympic medal. I just hope the federation supports me the way it has always supported me,” he said.
Vikas also talked about his solid guard that safeguards him from every alarming punches thrown at him by the opponents.
“Yes I have worked on my guard, I have become more sure of when to lower it and when to go into a shell. The timing has improved for me. I didn’t pay enough attention to it in the past,” he said.
“My strength and endurance has also improved so things are going pretty well for me. A lot of it has been possible because of the federation’s support, I am really thankful to them,” he added.
Vikas will face Northern Ireland’s Steven Donelley for a place in the finals.