Indian boxer Vikas Krishan brought his A – game against the reigning youth Olympic champion from Uzbekistan. However, lady luck was not on Krishan’s side, as he lost his bout 0-2 in the finals against Bektemir Melikuziev.
The Indian contingent at the Asian Boxing Championships added a silver medal to their tally along with three bronze, taking the total to four medals.
Vikas Krishan unlucky to settle for silver
Vikas Krishan fought with his heart in the ring today, in an attempt to secure the gold for his country. Melikuziev adopted a reckless attack against the Indian in the opening round, forcing Vikas to take to defense as the Uzbek continued to score points with his jabs and hooks.
The Indian found his touch after going down in the first round, as he stepped up in the following round, although it proved to be too little, as Vikas failed to cope with the punch speed of Melikuziev. However, the second round was taken by the Indian on a split decision.
Vikas had a point deducted from his result due to a warning for bending.
The final round saw both the boxers go on the offensive, exchanging a series of punches. At the end of the bout, both were left with some bruises, as the judges gave Uzbekistan’s Bektemir Melikuziev the final nod for the victory.
“I just took a little time to settle in but I think I conceded a few points then. I found my rhythm and I attacked him well at the end of the round but I guess that wasn’t enough,” Vikas said after the bout.
India did not improve from their 2013 medal tally, neither was their performance worse in comparison, in terms of numbers. The only thing they missed this time was a gold medal to take back home from the Championships.