Krishan ensures third-straight Asian Games medal
"After the second round I started feeling the cut and I didn’t want to go all out and expose my injury further. I decided to defend and let him go for the punches. I’m happy that it worked as I had all the experience."
— Vikas Krishnan
Record-breaking boxer Vikas Krishan storms into the semi-final of men’s Middleweight class
Jakarta: Two-time Asian Games medallist and reigning Commonwealth Games champion Vikas Krishan stormed into the semi-finals of Men’s Middleweight class after light-fly boxer Amit also made it to the medal round in the Asian Games boxing competition on Wednesday.
Vikas survived a nasty cut over his right eye after he began aggressively against Touheta Tanglatihan of China, but immediately he went into defensive knowing well that the medal was at stake. Vikas won on split decision 3-2.
“He is a young opponent and I have beaten him 5-0 several times,” said Vikas after the bout. “However, he managed to hurl an upper cut at the beginning itself and it split open my eyebrow,” Vikas explained about his defensive tactics in the last two rounds.
Vikas, who at 18 won his first Asian Games gold medal in light-fly class at the 2010 Guangzhou Games, is in line for record third straight Games medal. At Incheon Vikas had to settle for bronze medal in the same 75-kg class.
“After the second round I started feeling the cut and I didn’t want to go all out and expose my injury further. I decided to defend and let him go for the punches. I’m happy that it worked as I had all the experience,” said Vikas adding that he was confident of making it to the final with a better showing in the semis.
It was a bitterly fought bout after he blew an upper cut rattling the Indian. Vikas then steadied himself and defended well before landing a few incisive punches on his rival to garner crucial points and managed to win round to draw parity.
In the third round, the Indian champion was in full flow as he attacked his rival and forced him to be on the defensive. The umpires verdict in this round was 4-1 in favour of Vikas Krishan, who will now face Amankul Abil Khan of Kazakhstan.
Amit gives boost
India’s boxing campaign on Wednesday got off to a flying start when light-flyweight Amit made a short work of North Korean rival Kim Jang Ryong to move into the semi-finals and in the process sealed at least a bronze medal.
However, Indian challenge in women’s boxing came to an end with Sarjubala Devi losing to China’s Yuan Chang 0-5 in the flyweight category.
Competing against Kim Jang Ryong, Amit produced yet another powerful display. The Indian had beaten Mongolian E Kharkhuu with the same margin in the first round.
The 23-year old displayed perfect boxing techniques to dismiss Ryong’s challenge with ease. The Korean ran around the ring trying to breach Amit’s defence but failed in their first head-to-head contest.
Amit was well-prepared for this bout having studied Korean’s technique from his earlier bout, preserved his energy while defending and then landed punches for points when the Korean slightly opened up.
Though the Korean hit the Indian all over the body, except the point target, Amit’s retaliation was swift as he jabbed and punched his way for points.
The second round was the same with Amit breaching the Korean’s defence for points, while Ryong in desperation landed his punches on the Indian without earning a point.
Amit admitted that coach had advised him after the first two rounds that he had totally dominated the first two rounds and that he should not waste his energy in the third, but defend well.
Amit did the same as he defended and attacked. Instead of landing two punches he hit one and that was enough for him to seal the round, the match and at least the bronze.
“The strategy was in place. Whatever we had planned came in handy. Santiago (coach) has really guided us well,” said Amit.
“Ryong was aggressive and we planned for a wait and watch strategy and then release the punches. Whatever the coaches instructed me, I fought accordingly,” he said.
Amit said sharing room with experienced Manoj Kumar in the Games Village has helped because “he gave me vital tips. He has taught me how to approach different boxers.”