Vikas Krishan: 'I wanted a gold, but due to the eye injury, I couldn’t'

Indian boxer Vikas Krishan on Tuesday hinted that he will switch to professional boxing in order to prepare for an elusive Olympic medal at 2020 Tokyo Games.

Vikas Krishan had won a bronze at Jakarta after failing to turn up for the semifinal contest due to a cut above his eye suffered during an earlier bout.   -  PTI

His dream of clinching a second Asiad gold cut short by an injury, Indian boxer Vikas Krishan on Tuesday hinted that he will switch to professional boxing in order to prepare for an elusive Olympic medal at 2020 Tokyo Games.

The Haryana boxer had won a bronze at Jakarta after failing to turn up for the semifinal contest due to a cut above his eye suffered during an earlier bout.

“Sometimes, luck doesn’t favour you and you miss out. I wanted a gold, but due to the eye injury, I couldn’t. I really want to win a medal at Olympics now and I don’t want to leave it to the draw or the level of competition. So, I want to train accordingly,” Vikas said, his eyes still swollen.

However, the three-time Asiad medallist feels that in order to become a medal contender for Tokyo Games, he will need to switch to the professional circuit.

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“That sort of preparation (for Olympics) can only happen in professional boxing and not an amateur. So, I want to switch to professional boxing. I don’t want to leave anything to chance,” said Vikas.

He said that he will be meeting BFI president Ajay Singh to discuss his intended career move. “I will meet the (BFI) president and also discuss with my coach about the professional career, and accordingly will take a call soon.”

Vikas said that he will take a break for a couple of months after a hectic season, where he competed at Commonwealth games and Asian games.

“It has been a very stressful 9-10 months for me. When people expect from you, there is pressure and I want to take a break for a couple of months. My injury will take another 25 days to heal. So, I will plan accordingly and then, resume my training,” he said.