The preparation of the Indian Boxing contingent for the upcoming Commonwealth and Asian Games are in full swing. At the recently concluded Strandja Memorial Tournament along with Vikas Krishan , our boxers comprising of both male and female team won a handful of medals.
A Double Delight for Vikas Krishan
It was double delight for Indian boxer Vikas Krishan at the Strandja Memorial Tournament in Sofia as he didn’t just claim a gold medal, but was also adjudged the best boxer of the event in the Bulgarian capital of Sofia. This is the first time an Indian is getting this top honor.
The 26-year-old defeated world championships bronze-medallist Troy Isley of the USA in the middleweight (75kg) finals to claim his first medal since the Asian Championships bronze last year in April-May.
It was a massive turnaround for Vikas, who had not just been laid low by a hand injury but had also found himself in the disciplinary line of fire after giving a walkover in his Asian Championships semifinal last year.
“It is a big comeback for me and I feel I am a much stronger boxer now. Maintaining my weight at an optimum level, which used to be a problem earlier, is no longer an issue for me. I have also improved my technique and endurance,” Vikas told PTI.
“The hand injury was also bothering me for a quite a while but I have got a grip on that too. So things are looking bright. I used to sometimes deflate after the first round but that’s no longer the case, I am in a good space,” added the boxer, who is currently training with former teammate Jay Patil.
“I beat some good opponents in the run-up to the final and that is a massive boost for my confidence,” said Vikas.
The former Asian Games gold medal winner, who is also a world championships bronze-medallist, said he also cleared some mental cobwebs to get back in form.
“I read a quote by a chess player a few days back in which he said ‘I started winning after I realised that even my opponent is as scared of losing as I am’. I liked it, in fact it helped me in understanding that it’s no big deal to be anxious before a fight,” he said.
“Now if my rival is as anxious as I am, I can certainly capitalise on that, which I did in this tournament,” he added.
Not just Vikas Krishan – The Indian contingent had a great outing
Along with Vikas, Amit Panghal (49kg) claimed a gold medal, rounding off India’s best ever performance at the tournament. The country ended with a whopping 11 medals — five from men and six from women boxers. In all, our boxing contingent clinched two gold, three silver and six bronze medals.
Finishing with silver medals were M C Mary Kom (48kg), who got a raw deal in the final, Seema Poonia (+81kg) and Gaurav Solanki (52kg). The bronze medal winners among the women were Meena Kumari Devi (54kg), L Sarita Devi (60kg), Saweety Boora (75kg) and Bhagyabati Kachari (81kg).
Among the men, last edition’s silver-medallist Mohammed Husamuddin (56kg), and former Asian Games bronze-medallist Satish Kumar (+91kg) ended in third position.
As the date for XXI Commonwealth Games to be held in Gold Coast Australia inches close we hope our boxers keep up with the good performance. Their real test would be against the pugilists from Great Britain and Australia. KreedOn wishes them best of luck, may you make India proud once again.