Vikas has it easy against Akaba

The bout failed to rise beyond mediocrity as the two boxers looked more intent on defence rather than adopting a pro-active approach in front of a good turn out in an open-air make-shift arena.

A file photo of Vikas Krishan.   -  M. Moorthy

Vikas Krishan won his professional bout by beating Akaba with a unanimous 3-0 verdict in the AIBA Pro-Boxing event at the GIP Mall here on Saturday evening.

The bout failed to rise beyond mediocrity as the two boxers looked more intent on defence rather than adopting a pro-active approach in front of a good turn out in an open-air make-shift arena.

The appearance in this bout made Vikas eligible to take part in the last qualifier, for both amateurs and professionals, in the APB-WSB Olympic Qualification tournament in Vargas, Venezuela, from July 3 to 8. Over six days, the final places for Rio Olympics will be decided.

As per the AIBA Pro Boxing rules, a boxer has to figure in at least two professional bouts to take part in the meet in Vargas. In his only previous professional bout, Vikas had lost to Uzbekistan’s Israil Madrimov in Tashkent in February. This event offered Olympic berths to the finalists of the middleweight category.

But Vikas need not wait till next month to ensure a place for Rio. With five Olympic spots on offer in the AIBA World Olympic qualification event in Baku, Azerbaijan from June 16 to 23, Vikas will be among the favourites to make the 'cut’. With most of the leading names already qualified, Vikas is expected to live up to his ranking of being World No. 6 and be among the qualifiers.

In other words, should Vikas qualify in Baku, he need not travel to Venezuela. But the boxer has announced he would be part of the professionals in Vargas, irrespective of his performance in Baku.

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