Vikas Krishan Yadav secures 34th Olympic berth for India with a win over a high-quality boxer Sewon Okazawa of Japan in the 69kg QF of the Asia Oceania Qualifiers.
His opponent was World No 6 and third seed in the 69kg weight class at Asia/Oceania Qualifier. It will be the 3rd Olympics for the 28-year-oldIndian. In his first Olympics, 2012 Olympic Games in London, He was eliminated in the preliminary round by USA boxer in a closely fought bout. In 2016 he was one of India’s Medal Hope but was defeated by Bektemir Melikuziev of Uzbekistan in the Quarter Final of Men’s Middle 75 kg Boxing in Rio Olympic on 16 August 2016.
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Vikas Krishan Yadav became only the second Indian boxer alongside Vijender Singh to qualify for three Olympic games. He is also the only Indian male boxer to win gold medals at both Asian and commonwealth games. He won a gold medal in the 2010 Asian Games in the Lightweight category and a gold medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. He also makes his professional debut on Jan. 18, 2019. Haryana Boxer has won his both professional bout one by points and other by Knockout.
It was a hard-fought win for the Indian boxer today as Okazawa, a gold-winner at the Olympic Test Event last year, kept Krishan on his toes with his right jabs being particularly effective. What worked for the Indian was the consistent straight punches to the body, which fetched him the bulk of the points.
It was a tough Contest between both Boxer in opening round where score end with 3-2 in favour of Indian. But in next two round Indian boxer punches was more clear then Japnese and final score end with 30-27 29-28 29-28 30-27 30-27.
Later in the day, Sachin Kumar (81kg) will face China”s Chen Daxaing in another quarterfinal bout.
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