Former Asian Games gold winner and two time Olympian boxer Vikas Krishan has revealed that he is planning to turn into a professional boxer by the end of the year. But this is provided the National Federation keeps the amateur doors open for him. (Vikas Krishan to turn Professional !)
“I want to compete for the country in amateur events and that is why, I would wait for the national federation’s approval to turn professional. The new federation has been doing a good job of rebuilding boxing and it would be a morale-booster for me if the federation is with me in my decision whenever it happens,” he added.
The BFI Secretary General Jay Kowli said that the BFI will formulate a policy to deal with amateurs turning professional by the end of the year. (Vikas Krishan to turn Professional !)
“We have been in touch with him. As of now, there is no policy for professional boxers so we are neither supporting nor stopping anyone from going the professional way. We would thrash out a policy next month and boxers would be free to go professional after registering with us but within the ambit of AIBA rules and regulations,” Kowli said.
“As a former boxer, I am all for boxers getting the maximum out of their talent in every arena but as Secretary General of a national federation, I would have to ensure that discipline is maintained,” he added.
It has helped me immensely. My endurance has improved drastically, which was a weak point of my overall game. I used to struggle to last three rounds but now I can sustain through six or even seven rounds. Sparring with professional boxers has helped me immensely,” he explained.
“This focussed training is 10 times harder than what I have ever experienced in India. Training here has redefined boxing for me. I have also become better at pressure-handling,” he added. (Vikas Krishan to turn Professional !)
In immediate future, Vikas said he is eyeing selection in the Asian Championships to be held either in June or July later this year. The venue for the event has not yet been finalised.