Ever since 2008 Olympic bronze medallist boxer Vijender Singh turned professional in 2014, India’s other boxers have also preferred pro circuit over amateur boxing. Akhil Kumar and Jitender Kumar who became a household name after reaching the quarter finals of Beijing Olympics also joined pro circuit in 2017.
Meanwhile, three times Asian games medallist Vikas Krishan is the new addition to the pro circuit. Vikas had earlier opened up about his plans of joining professional boxing after he won a gold medal at Gold Coast Commonwealth games in 2018.
The 26-years-old from Hisar will compete in his first pro bout on January 18 in New York against home favourite Steven Andrade.
Vikas competed in midleweight category of amateur boxing but will turn his attention to welterweight in the pro boxing.
The Arjuna awardee boxer recently signed up with Bob Arum’s Top Rank Promotions and will hope that his pro career in United States gives him a title run in the coming future.
Vikas’ will compete in a six round bout against Steven Andrade who has competed in 6 bouts with 3-3 record.
Another Indian who will be continuing his pro journey in United States is Vijender Singh. He had an unbeaten run in India and England since he turned pro and will be hoping to continue his dream run in USA. Vijender is expected to fight his first bout in March.