Juggling careers in amateur and skilled boxing is hard, admits star Indian boxer Vikas Krishan Yadav however the Commonwealth Games champion says it’s completely important to his purpose of an unprecedented Olympic gold.
The 28-year-old Vikas, who gained a middleweight gold and a bronze within the 2018 Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games respectively, forayed into skilled boxing final yr, profitable each his bouts until now.
He returned to amateur fold in December final and having certified for the Tokyo Games, will head again to the pro circuit within the USA, almost certainly subsequent month.
“It is difficult to switch…Amateur is about scoring points while it is about hurting people in professional boxing. But you have to do some odd things to win gold in Olympics,” Vikas mentioned throughout a webinar to mark the second anniversary of the Inspire Institute of Sports (IIS).
“You cannot be doing the same thing as others,” he asserted.
India’s greatest Olympic efficiency in boxing has been the bronze medals gained by Vijender Singh (2008, Beijing) and M C Mary Kom (2012, London).
Vikas is at present coaching on the IIS in Bengaluru after the furore generated by his violation of the COVID-19 quarantine protocol forward of the nationwide camp in Patiala.
Asked about his plans for subsequent yr’s Olympics, he mentioned, “My first goal of qualifying for Olympics is fulfilled. Now I’m 4 months into coaching for skilled bouts. I will come again in January and February to arrange for the Olympics.
“I’m coaching with among the best coaches on the planet. I’m up for skilled bouts in September and October. After that he (the coach) will discover out my errors and work on them for the Olympics.”
He mentioned after fulfilling his Olympic mission, he will flip fully skilled.
“I’m in that type of state of ‘give me a gold (in Olympics) and take my life’. I’ve not thought after Tokyo (concerning amateur boxing).
“I will be in full time professional boxing after I win a gold in Tokyo and I want to bring laurels for India for a long time in professional boxing,” he mentioned.
Vikas mentioned the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics by one yr as a result of COVID-19 pandemic has given him extra preparation time.
“When the postponement was announced, I was not affected much. I just thought it was a part of life and it happens. I take things in life in a positive way,” he mentioned.
“Last time, I qualified for the Olympics late and I did not have much time to prepare. This time I have one more year to win a gold in the Olympics.”
The boxer from Haryana additionally mentioned that he’s making an attempt to develop a thoughts that is aware of no worry of the opponent.
“Some years back, some Indian boxers had the mindset that we should not lose in the first round or the second round, we should not face Russia in first round. But my mindset is whoever comes in front of me, I will beat him. That is in my subconscious mind.”