One of India’s biggest boxing talents and young sportsmen, Vikas Krishan is going to be bestowed with the ‘Best Boxer’ honour, which will be given to him by the International Boxing Association. He will be given this honour on the back of his performances in 2016, including the Rio Olympics.
"In recognition of your achievements throughout the year, AIBA would like to use the occasion to present you with the 2016 AIBA Pro Boxing (APB) Best Boxer award," re byad a letter written to Yadav by AIBA President.
Presently in the United States of America, Vikas Krishan is preparing for the upcoming season. Krishan is believed to be working on improving his defensive skills, which will help him perform better. "It is a huge honour but I am not particularly happy because I have already missed what I really wanted this year and that is an Olympic medal," Krishan told PTI on phone from New Jersey.
"I am told I am the first Indian boxer to get such an award. That is a great thing but I cannot say that it makes me very happy because the Olympic disappointment is still there," he was quoted as saying.
The 24-year-old from Haryana is a former bronze medallist at the World Championships and lost in the quarter-finals at the 2016 Rio Olympics. "I have decided to set small goals for myself. So right now I am focussing on the World Championships next year. Tokyo Olympics is far off and by that time I intend to have a flawless game. I am training like a professional boxer so that I master the art of defence," Krishan mentioned.
"I want to build a momentum which carries me through. In 2019 when the Olympic qualifiers start, I want to be the first Indian boxer to qualify so that I get enough time to plan. I qualified too late for Rio, just a couple of months before the Games. I don’t want that to happen again.I don’t want to leave it to the last moment,” he said.